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Posted 1w ago by @LilMsGreenThumb

Little white spots/bugs
Good morning and Happy Hump Day Y’all πŸͺ
I’ve seen posts on here talking about spraying diluted alcohol on your plants to help with those little white pests..
My question is, how often should you spray your plants that are infested? Also how much should you spray when you do it without harming to your plant?
I’m new to this but I’ve noticed these little white guys. Are these even the little white pests they were talking about in the posts about the alcohol? #help #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #SucculentLove #PlantTherapy #PetsAndPlants
Best Answer
Looks like spider mites to me.

Article with steps/products for removal: https://www.ukhouseplants.com/pests/spider-mite
Yes, this does look like signs of mealy bugs or spider mites (at best could also simply be residue from water/etc). While alcohol is effective at killing pests, it can have adverse effects to the plant itself such as leaf burn if not used sparingly, however some plants are much more resilient than others. I’d opt to have some insecticidal soap on hand, and for a more organic option, invest in some neem oil concentrate which can be diluted with a touch of soap and lots of water as another alternative!
Im a big fan of a cotton swab and alcohol. It’s pain staking but it kills them. Once I wiped ever branch, leaf, under side, nook and cranny- I use a neem oil spray. Thankful to the Gregger who taught me a few months ago. Good Luck with this bug battle πŸ€πŸ€žπŸΌ
@LilMsGreenThumb

Spider mites are first treated by pruning infested areas before spraying the leaves with neem oil diluted in water.
@lazyplantparent @BalancedBonsai @KikiGoldblatt @NewGrowth Thank you all so much! I really appreciate all the advice and hopefully will be able to post an update about them being gone soon 🀞🏼
Only point that I don’t see already made- isolate effected plants from your healthy plants! This is a contagious pest and your best protection is prevention! Keep this guy separated from your healthy plants and wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve handled and treated it!
@LilMsGreenThumb Lots of healthy plant thoughts headed your way!
@PolishDill I put her on my work desk away from all my others 😊 Thank you for all the advice!
@TruthfulApricot Thank you 😊🀞🏼
Hope you found an answer to your question πŸ™‚
@lazyplantparent Hahah, thank you for the reminder

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