Do spider mites decrease potency during flowering? It seems we always get spider mites toward the end of flowering. Now, Straw Cough is at 8 weeks and almost done. And of, course the spider mites are popping up quite a bit. Not much I can do (I have been manually crushing them and cutting off badly infested leaves daily) at this point as far as eradicating them. So, my question is- should I cut them now because the spider mites are damaging the quality/potency of the final product? There are still a lot of white pistils, but they are super swelled and frosty. Or are they not harming the trich production at this point (or trichs/buds themselves) and I should let them go another week. I am flushing them now... On the same subject- I also have mites on a really huge WW plant. This plant was a mom, so it has a bunch of small branches with buds. The plant got spider mites maybe 3 weeks into flowering. Now it appears that the pistils are turning brown- like it is done. I am pretty sure the mites affected this plant. Should I chop it and grab what little has developed. or let it go and hope it forms new pistils? I have the bastards under control now, but did they already screw things up for me? I wish someone would come up with something that can kill them once and for all. I know all about the little pricks, and practice all safety procedures (clean room, clean cloths, no pets, etc.). Yet I always have them... I posted this in the "bugs" forum but got no responses.