I have recently potted indoor containers with avocado saplings, and various herbs. They are now inhabited by very small bugs that are very difficult to see with the naked eye. They look clear on the plants but when I photographed it on a cream colored paper it appears reddish brown. I'm not sure if it has or 8 legs but I think based on the photos that it may be a mite. The plants don't seem to be damaged at the moment but I'm not 100% sure about that and I would like to save them if the insect is in fact feeding on them which I suspect. Any clue who are new roommates are?
I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.
20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.
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