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  posted on 3/20/2006 at 12:17 PM
To whom it may concern,I am a licensed pesticide applicator.

The safest contol on food crops is insecticidal soap.It will take multiple applications with this material because if you've noticed the infestation with the naked eye,you most certainly have a multi generational problem.

Treat every plant in your garden.If you're taking cuttings,pay particular attention to the mothers.That's probably the root of the problem.

Ideally,for a complete kill,you need to rest the whole garden and cleanse everything medical clean.

Alternatively,I've used this product with great success.

http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1429.html

Follow the directions!!

Read up a little on the life cycle of the mites to better time your applications.

Don't waste your time on predatory insects.They rarely work as a curative.

Good luck,spider mites are very persistent.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2006 at 01:29 PM
I hate spider mites

 

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  posted on 3/20/2006 at 02:58 PM
Thanks for the info, bigeasy. My infestation is a major one, but I think I can get it under control. They've barely got into my vegging room, and I'm going to get rid of the few there. My flowering room is a lost cause, I'm afraid. I harvested the four plants that had the worst of them. They don't seem to be on the flowers, but the leaves are another story.

The remaining plants have a few, and since they are just a few weeks from harvest, I want to get rid of as many as I can without drowning them in pesticide.

I'm moving to a new place in a couple of weeks, so I may start all over with totally new plants. That's not what I want to do, so plan to use the next two weeks to make sure they are off my babies before I take them to the new place.

This is my first experience with these little rascals. A more experienced grower would have walked in my garden and said, "Dude! You've got spider mites!" It's actually a relief to know what has been dogging one particular strain I've been growing, but not much messing with the others. Like I said before, the 30X magnifying glass told the story. You can't see the little boogers with your naked eye. You just see the leaves looking sick. Now that I know, I can avoid them in the future.

The good news is, I've pretty much gotten rid of the fungus gnats!


Edit: bigeasy, does the following line from the website also apply to "smokable produce?"

" It does have a 7-14 days to harvest so take that into consideration when treating
eatable produce."

[Edited on 3/20/2006 by SantaCruzBluz]

 

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  posted on 3/20/2006 at 03:36 PM
Yes,definitely.

Though as you've seen,they prey on the leaves.Namely,they pierce the veins and suck the juices out.

As you shouldn't have much,if any,problems on the flowers,take care to not spray the flowers to minimize your your risk.But still,I'd apply the 14 days minimum.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2006 at 04:07 PM
Thanks! That's pretty much what I was thinking. I can spray the leaves and avoid the flowers.

I can now see why everyone says the key is keeping them out to start with.

 

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