Cut down their numbers!
Not only do plants grow better with a breeze, great air circulation is great for pest prevention. Spider mites love heat and stagnant, non-moving air. They can’t mate in windy conditions so a strong fan can help keep the infestation from getting worse. A breeze also helps pest treatments go better because fans help spray treatments dry on the plant.
Keep a close watch on your plants, and react quickly at the FIRST site of spider mites.
Spider mites have a life cycle that helps them re-populate quickly and effectively after much of their population has been destroyed.
With soaps, coverage is very important as it does not stay on your plant for long, so follow-up applications may be necessary. Although this is considered safe, avoid getting any on your buds so it doesn’t affect the taste/smell!
Chances are you’ll be able to successfully use one of the less harsh home remedies to stop your infestation.
They Look Gross But They’re Already Eating Bad Bugs!
Spider mites can be an especially tricky pest in the grow room. Since they are so small they can build up a big infestation before a grower even notices a single mite.
- Use a handheld microscope to look for bugs on any new plants. Check closely for tiny spots on the leaves which could be spider mite bites. Also, check for eggs and tiny bugs underneath the leaves.
- Dip new clones or small plants in room temperature water treated with Safer Soap or Mighty Wash. If you can’t dip the plant, spray with a proven spider mite cure.
- Keep new plants in quarantine for at least a week and check regularly to ensure they have no bugs before you bring them around your other plants.
- If you’ve visited another cannabis grower, grow room or outdoor garden, it’s especially important to change your clothes and possibly shower before checking on your plants. You don’t want to infect your plants with spider mites that are already specialized in infecting cannabis plants!
Spider mites are a common cannabis pest that can be very difficult to get rid of. Learn how to spot and treat at the first signs of these nasty pests.
Try using a magnifying glass on the under sides of the leaves. With enough patience, you may be able to see a small mite. These mites can be less than a millimeter in length when fully grown.
Spider mites will lay eggs on the underside of the leaves, so they can be hard to get to. The adult female spider mites are the biggest threat. You have to reduce the amount of eggs being laid first, so you have to kill the females. They will be your main target.
Pesticides can be damaging to your health, and the environment, and it is important to choose the right one for the job. Use any of these pesticides during vegetation, and early flower.
Most pesticides will not be able to kill the eggs of spider mites. We have to treat the cannabis plant every three days as this is how long it takes for spider mites eggs to hatch.
Don’t spray the plants so much that the leaves are dripping. A fine layer of the neem oil solution will do the trick. It is important to try and get every leaf, on the top, and the underside. The more area you can cover, the more successful this treatment will be. You can also lightly spray the top of your medium too.
Pyrethrins are naturally found in chrysanthemum flowers. They are a mix of six different chemicals, that are harmful to insects. Pyrethrins are commonly used to control mites, thrips, aphids, gnats, and many other pests that can be found in your grow room.
If you are heavily into flower, then you may want to consider using the predatory bugs to kill you spider mites. Whatever method you decide to use to kill the spider mites on your cannabis plant, you will have to find out how they got in the grow room in the first place.
The mites will then walk onto another plant and begin eating that one too. If not identified, and treated quickly, spider mites will kill your whole crop! It can go from one day everything being fine, to the next day everything covered in mites, be vigilant.
In some cases, you will contract spider mites during the flowering cycle. This is a difficult situation to be in, as you don’t want to spray your flowers with chemicals. Not only will it affect the flavour and smell of your cannabis, it could cause long term health problems if you smoke these chemicals.
Spider Mites on a Cannabis Plant can be scarey! They can kill your whole crop in a few days! Diagnose and kill Spider Mites on a Cannabis Plant here.