White tiny bug is killing my pilea peperomia


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Hello everyone,

I have a beautiful Pilea that has been dying for a few weeks. At first I thought that the plant could not stand the recent repotting but on closer inspection I noticed very small white insects on the leaves. I thought they were Thrips larvae but I didn't see any adults and for having had Thrips before these insects are smaller and more "round" than the Thrips larvae I had on my Montsera. It could be spider mites but there are no traces of webs on the plant. I took some pictures. Could you help me identify them? Thank you.

Ps : sorry for my english if the sentences look strange, it not my first language. :)
 

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Hello, this looks like tyrophagus mite to me, but hard to identify from the pictures and you really need a microscope. Predatory mites such as Neoseiulus would feed on this mite.. but it depends on your location and access to biocontrol options.
 
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I see you are in Toulouse, try googling the company BioBest and take a look at their predatory mites. Amblyseius cucumeris would be a perfect solution. Tyrophagus isn't a huge problem on plants, it can feed on other things too, but if it isn't tyrophagus, I mean whatever kind of plant feeding mite you have there, Amblyseius will destroy it ;)
 

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