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Spider Mites.

This is a discussion on Spider Mites. within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I just want to cry. Seriously, i feel like such a whiner - i haven't ...

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    Angry Spider Mites.

    I just want to cry.
    Seriously, i feel like such a whiner - i haven't been here on the forum for two days - and all i have to post are bad news.... *sigh...*

    I have moved most of my plants to a new location, one with better humidity and lighting, only to discover FIVE HOURS LATER!!! (sorry for the caps, but i still can't get over/explain how this was possible) that my plants are swarming with spider mites.

    I am at my wits' end with how this is possible. And while i know that i'm not giving my plants up without a fight - it is just so heartbreaking.

    I have washed all the plants with some soap, and in the morning (it's 4 am.... ) i will call a company -- who deal with natural solutions - namely - predatory insects and mites to try and buy the mites that would give the parasites what they are due.

    However... Since i have lost the only battle i've ever fought against these things (and the four affected orchids *cry*) - i would like to know:

    What have you tried that worked against spider mites (or mites in general)?

    any ideas or knowledge would be appreciated. I have heard of a few different things - but i'd like to hear what you have tried that has worked successfully.

    Thanks in advance, to whoever reads/replies... I'll go try to get some sleep before my test tomorrow. (For which i'm not even ready due to all of this mess. *sigh.... some days....* )

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    No worries, spider mites can be controlled with the dish soap, rubbing alcohol spray mixture. Take an old ice tea pitcher, 2 quart, fill with warm water, add a tablespoon or two of dish soap (cheap plain kind), add a cup of rubbing alchol, mix well and pour into a sprayer. Coat every inch of the plant and then place in a windy spot or under a fan until dried out. You can pour left over mix through the potting to kill those down in. Repeat this every 4 or 5 days to kill newly hatching babies. You need to do this 3 or 4 times usually to keep them under control. Bugs are worse in dry weather...

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    Thank you!

    I will try and get some alcohol and try this.

    Do you have any experience trying to control these guys with predatory mites? It seems like a good long term solution, i just haven't stumbled upon too many folks around that have tried it...

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    I haven't tried it but there may be others that have. Where I live you have no choice but to find a good systemic. Down here the bugs know no limits. lol It's; buy a good sprayer and take no prisoners. It is so much easier to prevent than eradicate!

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    Yeah, same here really... If you put a plant out on a balcony - you'll get some nastiness in about a day.
    I have tried to keep my plants totally isolated in the house - and until today haven't had problems. (Still kicking self over the stupid *oh, yes, lets move all my plants* idea.)

    Oh, and i'll update later on what the company guys tell me, and whether this idea works out.
    Have a good night - i'm off to get a couple of hours' worth of sleep before i have to run to uni to see how the test works out.

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    I don't know if this make sense but I use a solution of lime sulphur + water made up of 1 part lime sulphur and 7-10 parts water (check your packaging to confirm). I lightly brush the leaves underside with a paint brush and usually, one application is all it takes to clear the problem right up. I have tried everything but for some reason (except the natural predatory stuff), this one works best for me. I have a ecosystem of geckos and spiders running around which I am happy with so spraying pesticides/miticides is a big no no for me.

    But make sure you are wearing latex gloves and don't get any of that nasty stuff on your skin. Otherwise, you did be smelling like gun powder for days. Also, that rotten egg smell is quite terrible.

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    ---------- Post added at 08:45 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:37 PM ----------

    Unless my mobile is not showing all of your original post, I cannot see what kind of plants have been inftested. I used a product made with natural oils and it worked well on a phal that was suffering badly from red spider mites. It took a few applications and it got rid of them. Completely. But the good news ends there: I did not ensure the plant was dry and the spray itself gave a killer dose of crown rot. So as an earlier poster pointed out, if you spray the plant, make doubly sure it dries properly. And you will definitely need repeated applications. Google spider mite control plus. And good luck. With those critters persistence is important.
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