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Thread: Urgent--Need Safe Spider Mite Control Recommendations

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    Urgent--Need Safe Spider Mite Control Recommendations

    Hello all--Spider mites have broken out like wildfire (in just 2 days!!) and I have many different types of windowsill plants that are now in trouble. What would be the best control for mites preying upon:

    D. capensis/spatulata/capillaris/intermedia/binata/aliciae
    Lithops seedlings
    Myrmecodia tuberosa

    The urgency is because most of the plants are seedlings and I really do not want to lose anybody. Because of the lithops, I can't submerge the plants and need a systemic insecticide, hopefully one that is safe for the plants and me. Thanks for all responses!

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    For most I suggest dunking...leave the plants submerged in water for 2-3 days, and repeat a week later to kill any eggs that might have survived.you could also try a systemic pesticide such as merit or orthene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    For most I suggest dunking...leave the plants submerged in water for 2-3 days, and repeat a week later to kill any eggs that might have survived.you could also try a systemic pesticide such as merit or orthene.
    submerged the plant in water to get rip of those annoying pests, thats a awesome idea. thanks for sharing


    agentrdy u can try neem oil i have read about this product its perfectly safe for ur plants and kill bad insects in few days, even destory unhatch eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentrdy View Post
    Hello all--Spider mites have broken out like wildfire (in just 2 days!!) and I have many different types of windowsill plants that are now in trouble. What would be the best control for mites preying upon:

    D. capensis/spatulata/capillaris/intermedia/binata/aliciae
    Lithops seedlings
    Myrmecodia tuberosa

    The urgency is because most of the plants are seedlings and I really do not want to lose anybody. Because of the lithops, I can't submerge the plants and need a systemic insecticide, hopefully one that is safe for the plants and me. Thanks for all responses!
    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    For most I suggest dunking...leave the plants submerged in water for 2-3 days, and repeat a week later to kill any eggs that might have survived.you could also try a systemic pesticide such as merit or orthene.


    What is a good pesticide that is CP safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcantrell View Post


    What is a good pesticide that is CP safe?
    IMHO, with pesticides, all CP are not created equal. Sarrs can handle many types w/ few issues. OTOH, Drosera are greatly impacted by most (aka - they die). Sometimes it's not the active that does the killing but some of the 'other' stuff - like surfactants. I seem to remember that Imidacloprid pesticides are one of the least damaging to sundews - however:
    - I vaguely remember a post from Barry that states that this is not effective against mites (poked around & located the thread)
    - this compound is implicated in honeybee issues

    Whatever you use - post the results so we can learn ....
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    Neem oil!!!
    i have no prob w/ any dew i've used it on. Works well on stuff like Cephs too.
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    I'd total go with neem oil as Indigo and CPlantaholic suggested. I've used it on cephs and utrics even.

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    They sell friendly mites that eat spider mites. If you look you can find them through Google pretty easily.
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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