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What is the best way to get rid of the white mites on my Sarracenia

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#1 Carnivorous-Owen

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 17:20 PM

Hi, I have HUNDREDS of little white mites all over my Pitcher plant. They are on the outside of the plant, the soil, the pot, the water dish and basically everywhere! I have new pitchers growing and they are about to come out and are real green and they are just plastered into these tiny white mites.

What is the best way to get rid of them?
What is the best way to prevent them?
What are they called? AND
What do i do when the pitchers have gone brown (dying) and red at the top of them.

Thank you

#2 hsnepenthes

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 00:55 AM

Do you grow your plants outside? Sarrecenia are very easy to grow in general, so you probably might want to move the plant inside, I'm sure your plant will not be affected. If it is a problem in your home, don't overwater your plant to wash them off. It could damage the sensitive pitcher.Try Diazinon. It is reported to be very effective and safe for Sarracenia. Also Isopropyl alcohol is very effective, use it by putting it in cotton swabs and dabbing the feasting target. As for prevention, you probably need an exterminator if the problem is in your house, but if it is outside, you can only perform this maintenenece to control the problem, but until the weather changes and makes it inadequate for mites feasting, I'm afraid there is no sure fire way of prevention. I am not sure what mite you are describing because spider mites are the only known mites to attack carnivorous plants, and they are red.

You may simply remove any browing pitchers. Once most of my collection got infested by fungus gnat larvae and when the infestation receded, I removed all the brown matter, there were tiny green leaves that soon rejuvinated the plant. If half a leaf is brown and half green, just cut off the brown part and leave the green part to photosynthesize.

Best of Luck

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:25 AM

Are you sure these are mites? Are your plants suffering?

They sound a little like springtails. Do they jump when you blow on them?

Photos would help greatly.

Edited by 31drew31, 15 December 2011 - 02:25 AM.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:16 PM

If the mites are crawling all over the soil and the plants, they are most likely harmless soil dwelling mites which as part of their life cycle disperse using flies as vectors, and crawl up to the highest part of plants in order to hitch a ride. You most often see them in late summer. Completely harmless, and very interesting.
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As suggested already, if they are just in the soil then they could be springtails, again completely harmless to anything apart from the youngest seedlings and impossible to get rid of anyway.

don't bother trying to poison them as most insecticides will not work on mites and you are just wasting time and money.

when pichers die back you can progressively cut off the dead bits to prevent disease.

Edited by gardenofeden, 15 December 2011 - 12:18 PM.

#5 carni grower

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

i would agree with everyone, it does sound like springtails.

#6 Wouter Noordeloos

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 16:45 PM

Do springtails do harm any CP's?

As far as I know not.

Take care,


#7 Lee5836

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 23:26 PM

I think my newly emerging pitchers are suffering from these little mites too. Too early to say if they are causing any damage but not sure what I can do but hope for the best