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I'm dealing with an infestation in many of my plants, and it seems to be different things. Generally my plants are very happy, but every once in a while one of them just rapidly detoriates, with yellowing -> browning and plant death soon following. Last time I figured it was rot due to excessive watering, but with the problem returning.. and the fact I can actually see some sort of mites - I want to fight this.

It's definitely spread to almost all of my plants, which I don't understand. Do these things fly? Anyway, here is plant A:

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It's suffering and losing leaves. 2/3 of these plants are having this issue. Here's a closeup of the stem to the right: enter image description here

Here's a dead leaf with something going on, as well:

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Those seem to be larvae? And what are the red spots? Bonus points for identifying this plant btw, I don't know what it is called.

Regardless, as soon as I saw the pest I showered all of my plants and scrubbed every leaf with soap. Recurring sights on plants get an additional shower a day. But they keep coming back, so I would like to understand precisely what this is and what a targeted approach could be.

I've started mixing insect soap and selectively treating some plants, but considering whether I should unleash some sort of predator at this point.

I should add I've spotted this guy on another plant as well (just the one): enter image description here

And one other plant (Monstera) with mites also developed some sort of red scarring / webbing on the underside...

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Thank you so much for any pointers / ideas, having all my plants slowly die would be heart breaking.

  • Good question and good illustrations; if could include an overall illustration & closer illustration of the tops & leaves, illustration & known names of the plants, length of insects, length of larvae, how long insects have been there, type of soap solution used, hours of direct sunlight & of diffused light, average daytime & night time temperature, current watering regimen, current nutrient type & regimen, containers, and soil, could also be helpful. We encourage you to take the Tour, and browse through the Help center, to learn more about how the site works! Thank you! Welcome to the site! – M H Aug 30 at 17:11
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Top insects are thrips: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=876 and will be causing some damage, other insect is a psocid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psocoptera and should not be a problem for the plant.

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