My plants have this condition that it is covered by a spider web all over my plants like a film. Are these spider mites? Where do they come from and how do I get rid of these?

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  • Is this webbing really close to te plant? It looks more like stretched across branches?
    – Stephie
    Nov 6, 2018 at 10:30
  • You may want to check out our other posts tagged spider-mites, especially this one.
    – Stephie
    Nov 6, 2018 at 10:32
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    That looks like an ordinary spider web to me. All those green-coated wires have built a spider hotel, but they are completely harmless so leave them in peace, IMO.
    – alephzero
    Nov 6, 2018 at 11:23

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It's not clear whether those are spider mites or not. This plant appears to be a Hawaiian scheffelera. It has thick leaves with a waxy coating and are not normally subject to spider mites. Here are my recommendations

  • remove the dead leaves at the bottom of the pot. They will not compost inside and are a potential home for pests
  • verify that the plant is not sitting in water. It appears to be a pot-in-pot system and this can happen if you water too much
  • remove the wire. This plant is not a good bonsai subject as the leaves do not diminish in size. If a branch is in the way just trim it back. It responds well to pruning with new growth that can bud off old wood
  • get a cloth soaked in 5 ml dish soap to one liter of water and wipe the webs off. Repeat on the top and bottom of the leaves. Then give it a rinse in the shower to get the soap off. Repeat twice more at five to seven day intervals. This should control most soft bodied insects.
  • It's an olive tree. Nov 6, 2018 at 12:33
  • @thadeuszlay Olive trees do not grow well indoors and have quite a different bark.
    – kevinskio
    Nov 6, 2018 at 14:41

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