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    Minor Spider Mite Attack

    This is a very limited attack because I have been expecting it. I had a Chamedorea elegans or Parlor Palm in the same room that became infested so I took it outside and burned it and with millions of spiders on board I was sure that some had wandered into the Nepenthes bags. Today I used the same insecticide (BONIDE SYSTEMIC) that was used to wipe out a thripe problem last November but it only mentions controlling spider mites and I want something that will exterminate them. I see an aerosol on eBay called Doktor Doom, Item number: 281035442445, with pyrethrin that claims to kill them. Anyone see a problem with it or would you just use the Bonide religiously according to instructions first. Like I said, it's not an infestation and I can only find them on a couple of plants but until the ones the palm tree left behind die of old age I will need to be proactive. Should I first just follow up the Bonide I just sprayed with elevated humidity for a couple of weeks.

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    Pyrethrin (actually Permethrin) is the recommended chemical control agent for spider mites. Bonide systemic has Imidacloprid as the active ingredient. This can actually stimulate egg production in some mites. Pyrethrin will do if you can't find Permethrin. They are similar except Permethrin persists longer which makes it more effective in controlling mites.
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    Sulfur might also work for mites but it is a bit smelly and might burn plants if weather is hot

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    How about this one, it has Permethrin: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280933014551

    Do you see one you are familiar with here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Home-Garden-...nkw=Permethrin

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    I tend to be the lazy type when it comes to pests and will only spray chemicals if they are systemic. I can't stand the idea of reapplying or removing the plants to get the undersides of the leaves and the surface of the soil.

    Because of this, I won't spray for mites unless there is a real infestation, which I have yet to experience with my plants. The predatory mites that I see occasionally are likely keeping things in check. However, if I were to experience an infestation, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a miticide with acequinocyl as the active ingredient. It's an extremely effective systemic miticide that doesn't seem deleterious to bees or most other arthropods. The only problem is the price, which you will see is a bit high. You can find concentrated bottles of it for around $140, with the product name Shuttle-O.

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    Thanks for the responses!
    I think I will go with increased humidity and spraying with water over and under every other day for a while to see what happens. I set up a 2.5 gallon aquarium with wet NZS in the bottom and tight fitting lid for any infected plant I find so I can increase the humidity level above 90%. Starting with the original infected plant in there I will see how elevated humidity effects the invaders. I may spray the room itself with Permethrin a few times to knock off lingering individuals.............and never ever place anything but CP's in the room again. I have a couple of uninfected Jap Maples in there waiting for warm weather to be planted so they will be leaving in a few days.

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    Have you tried Floramite ?

    Kills them immediately and lasts for a month if I remember correctly. I haven't had a problem with mites since I started using it, they are (finally) easy now. They used to be my nightmare every summer...

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    I would suggest trying Neem oil. Make a neem oil suspension by mixing some with distilled water. Just shake it well and spray on the plant. I used it for treating cephs with mites and it worked pretty well. But you literally have to do regular applications as the spray is washed off and not systemic.

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