You’ve started seeing the tell tale signs of spider mites in your grow room and you need to solve this quickly. Fear not, Hydrobuilder has the solutions to get you back on track.
One of the first steps is to determine what type of mite you are dealing with and how it got in. This helps you decide on the most effective tools to kill them. Most common spider mites that might be tracked in from outside can be killed with a general purpose insecticide. We recommend AzaMax as a great general purpose insecticide.
If you are dealing with a spider mite that you think may have been transported in from another grow area you could be dealing with a hardened variety of spider mite. These may already be resistant to general purpose insecticides and may require a more specialized treatment such as Doktor Doom.
Warning: Use caution with Doktor Doom around humans and animals as the ingredients are toxic. Never use this product while grow lights are on as it can damage your plants.
Another great secondary spider mite spray would be Mighty Bomb.
“When your enemy goes to ground, leave him no ground to go to.” - Sun Tzu
After 2-3 days, reapply a second insecticide in order to continue to kill the mites. It can be useful to vary the type or brand of spray used as the remaining mites will be more resistant to the original spray. Repeat these steps even after you stop seeing mites. Treat the grow area at least one more time after you think all mites are dead.
The best method is always prevention. Thoroughly inspect any new plants that are brought into a grow area and keep them isolated for a short period to insure that you are not bringing mites in with them. Keep grow areas clean and free of decaying plant matter. Sterilize all materials in between grow cycles. Maintain good airflow in grow areas as spider mites thrive in stale air. Keep a comfortable room temperature in grow areas and moderate humidity. Another product that helps with prevention is neem oil. It is a little less harsh on plants and can be very effective against small infestations.
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”
Don’t kill insects indiscriminately. Ladybugs are a natural predator of the spider mite and really useful to have around. The Western Predatory Mite is another great spider mite defense. Try to target your spray to just the bugs you are having trouble with.
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