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    Default Red spiders - harmless or a pest?

    Yesterday when I was weeding my raspberry bed I saw some small, very bright red spiders, with a square-ish shaped body, in the soil.

    Are they just spiders, or are they red spider mites?

    If they are mites, can anyone suggest how I can get rid of them?

    Thanks in advance.

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    They sound very much like red spider mites. IIRC they don't like damp, humid conditions, so a good old soak should help.
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    How small are they? Red spider mites are tiny and I think I'd struggle to see them in the soil without my glasses unless there were lots of them moving about. The weather conditions at the moment, ie hot and dry, are perfect for them though.

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    I doubt very much whether it is red spider mite. These are really tiny. Found this link for you Spiders Scroll down to "Red Velvet Mite". Is this the one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustylady View Post
    I doubt very much whether it is red spider mite. These are really tiny. Found this link for you Spiders Scroll down to "Red Velvet Mite". Is this the one?
    I just had to look didn't I. Itching all over now.

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    ^ ^ Sorry Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadexample View Post
    They sound very much like red spider mites.
    You'd be forgiven for deducing that spider+red = red spider mite, but they're greenhouse pests, and despite their name they are yellowish-green
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    Rusty's right, it's Trombidium

    " usually found in the soil or mulch and feeds on vegetable matter. The larval stage ... lives on blood from animals and sometimes humans. As it feeds it releases an anticoagulant which can cause an allergic reaction resulting in a rash "
    Red Velvet Mite - a garden friend
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