The spider mite is the most common pest found on indoor marijuana plantsand causes the most problems. To a new growers, they are hard to spot, spider mites have eight legs. Find microscopic spider mites on the bottom of the leaves. However, their telltale signs of feeding, yellowish white spots, on the tops of leaves are easy to see. Careful inspection reveals tiny spider webs on stems and under leaves as the infection progess’s. A maginifying glass will help you see the yellow white two spotted, brown or red mites and their clear eggs. Indoors the most common is the two spotted spider mite. After the they fuck like rabbits females are fertilized for life and reproduce 80% female and 20% male eggs, females will lay about 100 eggs. (poor bitch)
Spider mites suck life giving sap from marijuana plantscausing over loss and stunting of growth. Leaves are poked with suck hole marks in yellow from failed to produce chloraphyl. The marijuana plant will loose partial to full function (which means your marijuana plantsare fucked) Leaf yellowing and drop. Once a plant is overrun with spider mites the infestation pregresses rapidly.
In simple words if you get mites and don’t catch them you are screwed.
How to control Spider Mites
Be clean. This is the most important first step to spider minte control. Keep the grow room tools spotless and dis-infect your tools. Mother marijuana plantsoften have spider mites, Spray mothers often with miticide’s including once three days before cuttins. Once you become infested the entire grow room will have to be stripped down and clean. YOU DO NOT WANT THESE THINGS
In order to get rid of spider mites one of the best ways to start to get rid of them is to use NO-Pest strips.NO-Pest strips work well and should always be used with other methods. Neem oil helps get rid of them as well. Also by raising the humidity in your grow room a lot will kill the spider mites off, by them absorbing to much humidity and will burst. You can use soap solution like Safer Insecticidal Soap to get rid of most aphid problems. Use some tobacco juice and chili pepper powder added to this for mites. (see below how to make tabacco juice)
Pyrethrum should only be used in extreme circumstances directly on plants, It starts to breaks down around a week and is easily washed away with clear water or. If your plants are in flowering and you have spider mites, using safer chemicals is your best bet. The tobacco and pepper soap solution works well and should be used daily, spraying on the underside and top leaves and later the whole plant. Since spider mites are very residual to common products, you have to find or try any number of ones untill you get rid of them. make absolutly sure you retreat as stated, other wise you will get resistant spidermites and then you have a bigger battle on your hands.Also do not allow pets that go outside alot to be around indoor plants,mites have been known to be carried in from pets to plants. PLEASE NOTE, below are ways to get rid of spider mites, but no 2 mite infestations are identical, you almost always have to use different products to get rid of them, also make a habit to check for at least a whole month after thinking you got rid of them, that way your chances of the spider mites that became resistant breeding and then having a bigger problem. Make sure you spray your plant down very good and enough and on time.
Here are some more products that may help get rid of spider mites:
- Phytoseiulus persimilis.
For several years the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis is used to control red spider mites.
- Amblyseius swirskii
A new species of predator mites also used to control Spider Mites
Hot Pepper Wax,Safer Yard & Garden Insecticide (which can be used right to the day of harvest),GNATROL( used in hydro in the water as well as soil),Doc's Neem Pest Soap,Safer Sticky Stakes,TR-11000 Pyrethrum. Anything that says dicofol on the back. ( should be used in vegging or early flowering)
Tabacco Juice recipe
Take 3 strong ciggeretes soak them over night in water Boil it for 2 to 3 miniutes, let it cool off and spray the plants 3 to 4 times a week. You can add safer soap if you like to the mixture. (make absolutly sure you use gloves/face protection while handling and spraying)
Neem oil works very well too!!