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By Casso

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

I have just planted a pelargonium and some trailing lobelia in a tub and when I watered it yesterday I saw lots and lots of little organgy brown insects. Would these be red spider mites?



Possibly but unlikely as red spider mites are tiny hard to see things. You tend to see the web structure they create than themselves.

18 May, 2012


Are you sure they were "insects" ?

Did they move?

What is in my mind is slow release fertiliser granules!

18 May, 2012


Did you plant into a pot that had last year's compost in it?

18 May, 2012


Red ants.....?.if so take care their bite is really painful

18 May, 2012


Thank you for all your help. Yes I did plant in last years compost Bamboo but removed some of it and put some new in and then put chicken poo in. Yes they were running all through the compost Teegee. I' ve never seen them before.

19 May, 2012


They do look like red ants Pamg. I shall put some ant dust in the tub.

19 May, 2012


If you get bitten vinager can helptake the soreness and itching away in the shortterm

19 May, 2012


I suggest you remove the plants you've just put in there and turn the pot out - sounds like there's an ants' nest in there, so best spread out the compost to break it up and let the ants all clear off elsewhere.

19 May, 2012


Thank you for your advice.

20 May, 2012

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