I have noticed a pest has come up in my system.
Last night I noticed hundreds of little black specs. I thought at first that it could just be some peat came up from the media during a flood stage, but quickly noticed they were high up on my plants as well. I noticed they were bugs on closer observation.
These bugs look like little mites. I have been wiping them off of hard surfaces when I can, but I'm sure there are far many more of them. What could they be, and how can I eradicate them ?
My system is indoor, and my fish are going to be harvested for food, so I have to be careful with what I add to my tank/beds.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Do you have any pictures of them that we can see?
I've tried but they are too small for me to get a clear pic. They look like black specks on the leaves of my plants, and look like a super fine coffee ground on my pvc. Up close they almost look like some kind of mite.
I will continue to try to get a pic.
I did a brief online search, which you may have already done...
Here's an article on black flies & spider mites and Mite Control with Beneficial Insects and Natural Insecticides
Hope those might be helpful.
Thanks Pam for the links!
Ok, so I went for the quick fix... or knockdown at least. I stripped my small grow bed of it's plants. So far the large bed looks unaffected so I left it be.
All of the plants were thoroughly washed in cold tap water, and I do not see any of the little critters on them.
The bed has been flooded with boiling water. Yes, I can hear the gasps of shock and disappointment over here... However, while the bioload of my FT is still very small, this is a very viable and effective option. Since the system is in my home, adding more insects really isn't an option, pesticides (even natural/organic) make me leery since I plan on eating my fish, and there are just too many for natural repellants at this point (plus I do not want them venturing elsewhere in the house).
So a few thousand cooked buggies later, I'm off to go replant. Wish me luck!
I'll keep you posted.