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Got some mites, will dish soap work?
I always use Dawn dish soap with water in a spray bottle to kill ants.Will this work for spider mites?
dish soap doesn't really kill anything, it makes the leaves less appetizing to pests so they leave. and, no, once spider mites have fully colonized a plant it's almost impossible to get rid of them 100%. Neem oil seems to work the best I've found out, 1tsp per quart of water, spray under each leaf thoroughly, repeat this 2 or 3 times more every 6 days (mite eggs hatch every six days).
Originally Posted by klonerone
well I know if you spray ants they suffocate from not breathing from the soapy water.Well if this don't work i'll try the oil thanks.
Originally Posted by Pureblood89
From my research and understanding, dish soap is used with water and oils as an emulsifier. I'm not sure what soap alone would really do to any quality effect. Mites can be resilient to seriously harsh chemicals, what can dish soap really do other than maybe make the environment slightly less ideal for whatever chemical reason. There are however insecticidal "soaps.". I don't know the exact make up, but I know there are DIY options, perhaps with dish soap. I would venture that there are more quality options than this though. Even on a budget, I think just hosing off the leaves with plai. Water would be more effective.
what the soap dose is just suffocate them and they cant breath
most insects breath threw there skin, so when you hit them with the soapy water it suffocates them.
Dawn soap is the best for this.jmo
i heard they hatch every 3 days,but dont quote me
From what I saw when I sprayed my leafs.Is that it kill the eggs too.Well they didn't hatch at all??
Originally Posted by mak
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the eggs will still hatch. if your infested, maintenance is key.
got some gnate s too, Add all I did was spray every othere day, and I have not seen any mites or them DAMN gnats in 2 days................... mites in 4 days
Not sure if you are trying to stay organic or not but I caught a Mite problem fairly early about 5 days ago, 4 days ago added HotShot pest strips (these are not the sticky traps). Within 24 hours I no longer could see any live activity from the mites. However even even now about 5 days later I am still seeing eggs. It's my understanding eggs take at least 5 days to hatch given idea growing conditions of about 80 degrees I think, somewhat slower in lower temps. I still can't find any live mites, so I think they are dying as quick as they are hatching, I will keep this up until I can't find anymore eggs, I'm hoping within another 7 days. The HotShots are kinda strong, so possibly dangerous in a room you plant to occupy for any extended period of time, but are working in my case.
Definitely don't exhaust your room if you use these, you have to let them permiate into the air and settle in, I have left my circulation fans on. In fact I attached one to a fan, I've heard it helps if it is in direct air flow. I have 2-spotted mites btw.
I also have done 2 mighty wash rinses, have heard good things about this product. My plants however are very large and bushy, so I don't know how effective it is for me, I can't get perfect coverage under my leaves. I think the HotShots were probably good on their own. I also plan to do a fogger bomb once I no longer see any eggs just as another preventative measure.
On a side note, I also had some amount of gnat issue, the gnats seem to be surviving somewhat as I find them in my Dehum run-off bucket a few a day. The population definitely isn't at problem levels, as I also have other treatments going for them as well, I would have expected these Hotshots to irradicate the gnats as well, but they still linger.