neem oil. but it needs to be repeated for a while. it wont kill the eggs
I have spider mites!
Well, not me personally but my plants do.
How can I address this problem, I can't afford to lose this crop
after all the money and time I have invested in my grow.
I am adding some pics in the next hour or two
Edit: Here's the pics
Last edited by Barking Mad; 08-11-2008 at 08:53 AM.
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Use neem oil with a drop of dish soap, but first if your are in veg (light Out Only) Spray Tops only with water and a drop of dish soap, that will allow neem over spray to run off top of leaves. Then spray the shit out of the bottom of leaves and repeat every 3-4 days 3x. Its a bitch but its a must.
I have known 2 people to use neem oil and claim the oil clogged the stomata of the plants and kill them. I was looking through an organic farm supply magazine yesterday and saw that they sell preditors that feed exclusivly off of spidermites and their eggs. One preditor "sucks the fluids of 8 spidermites, or 20 eggs a day." I left the mag at my gf mom's house so I can't really be of more help that that. But, I honostly haven't heard too much great stuff about neem oil.
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if you want a predator bug buy some ladybugs, take a spray bottle with cool Ro water spray your garden when the lights turn off and release like 40 ladybugs into your ladys within a week they will be clean as a whistle. These are a permanent fix btw, when your garden is clean they will die, or you can take a few outside and put them in your garden area, they will usually stay if your area has enough bugs for them to survive. Don't be surpirsed when they kill all the mits if they come looking for others things to eat
lady bugs are the preditors.
if you are outside stray them with water
make sure you do underside of leaves what ever you use
Right my mate has got hold of an organic spray for me.
I'm not sure what it's called but it has Pyrethrum in it which is a natural pesticide.
One plant, seems to be the source and has it worse than the other plants.
I took the culprit downstairs (accidently broke her top - I guess it has dealt with the height issues a bit! - snapped off about 7 inches, ouch!!), and sprayed her with a hose, particularly underneath the leaves.
I had left her to adjust to the outside temps first and it started to rain so I am hoping that might have eased the shock of being hosed.
So, after a spider mite attack., snapped top, hosing down, AND,, still to come, pesticide sprays, there is a good chance the stress will cause her to herm, so I am pondering the idea of pollinating her and just planting her somewhere outside so I can try to get some more seeds. I have already located a couple of guerilla sites too.
Only downside is I have to wait 20 hours until I get the spray.
That is why I sprayed Genie (my plant) and quarantined her for the night.
If anyone knows why I should not go ahead with the spray or has a better/easier solution (I'm a lazy bastard) then please let me hear your suggestions.
Thanks to anyone and everyone who has taken time out to answer my piteous cries. puff puff.....pass puff puff....pass out
that doesn't look like any spidermite I have ever seen Bmad
I don't grow..I just lieCheck my journal
I can't even see them with my eyes I just knew there had to be something so, I cut off a couple of damaged leaves and photographed them.
I'm fairly sure that's what it is, I will look for a link to a picture.
There are a few different ones.