Your plants are being attacked…
In fact, they’re fighting for their lives because you have a mite problem.
After reading part one of this guide, you identified the symptoms and you realize you have a pest problem.
Now what are you going to do to get rid of these critters?
And how are you going to prevent it from happening again?
What if you could go back in time, to prevent the infestation before it happened?
As you will hear us say repeatedly, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”…
That’s why the best mite control is to prevent it in from ever happening.
First, you want to focus on a clean and sterile grow environment. This is especially important if you’re growing indoors.
Remember to read our article on how to fight the most common plant pests & diseases because it contains some important tips to keep your grow room clean. And here are some more tips…
Second, maintain the ideal growing environment.
The good news here is that the ideal growing environment for good harvests is the ideal environment for mite control…
But let’s talk about how to fight mites if you already have a problem.
Because most of our customers are growing plants made for human consumption, it’s very important to not use dangerous pesticides or other methods that could ultimately harm the end user.
If you were growing some other type of plants—perhaps flowers for decorations only—then you would not need to worry too much about this, but it’s extremely important for plants that people consume.
Also, many pesticides can kill off the beneficial microbials and other insects that can help you fight pests and contribute to growth and bigger yields.
For this reason we like to focus on organic mite control when fighting mites.
So here’s the complete battle blueprint for getting rid of mites of all types…
Let’s talk about ways to kill mites…
Another non-toxic way to protect your plants—before an infestation—is to use Rhino Skin – a foliar application potassium silicate product that basically puts a coat of armor on your plants (protecting against pests & diseases). As a bonus, it maximizes resin glands too.
What you want to do is, like we said, first spray down your plants with water if possible. Just the pressure of the spray can remove and kill a lot of mites.
Then, you want to pick one of the insecticide options and use it to kill all the mites you can find. Spray it all over your plants, making extra sure to get the underside of leaves because that’s where the mites like to hide.
Make sure you also spray down all the other areas around your plants too. You don’t want mites hiding in your grow room and then making their way to your plants later.
Here’s the thing about mites…
Because of their reproductive schedule, they replicate very quickly. And for a host of other reasons, one “application” of killing them is not going to get rid of your problem.
What’s more: they generally get more “resistant” to whatever method you used to kill them.
In fact, many growers joke that mites turn into a “Zombie Army” if you don’t kill them because they get harder to kill.
That’s why, after your first fight with the mites, you want to pick a different method from the list of ways to kill them and go at it again.
Remember, when you’re using insecticides to spray your ENTIRE grow room area—not just the plants—because you want to make sure you’re killing the mites no matter where they’re hiding in your grow room.
The general consensus is that you can probably kill all the living mites in the first 2 passes with your chosen method of extermination.
The problem is that some species of mites can take days or even weeks to mature and start attacking your plants in the future!
That’s why it’s a good idea to use this rule of thumb: if you think you killed them all, then wait a few days and go ahead and do it one more time just to be sure.
Once you’ve done your best to make sure you’ve killed any mites in your garden, then you need to re-circle back to the very first thing you should be doing for mite control: prevention.
In other words, you’ll want to follow all the steps under “How To Prevent Mites” at the beginning of this article.
If you’ve successfully eradicated the first infestation, then by paying extra attention to prevention afterwards, you can hopefully make it all the way to a great harvest with no more problems!
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