Grow has been plagued by tiny tiny insects

A question from a fellow grower:

I’ve just got my first grow to start flowering, but this grow has been plagued by tiny tiny insects.

I would greatly appreciate it if you know what they are and how to get rid of them.
I must be careful not to use a poison as the end product is to make oil for my consumption. Relief of stress, pain and relaxation is the main objective but getting high is an added bonus.


It looks like you have a spider mite problem there I would have a look at how to get rid of them, your plants look great also hope things work out for you :v:️.


I was just looking and I thought the very same thing when I first saw the pic. and I do agree with you that was a good call on your part.


Spider mites are by far the worst pest to have, because they are the hardest
to kill and can literally kill any plant. They are by far more active in warmer
climates than cold ones, they also suck sup from the leaves leaving tiny white
spots on the leaves from where they suck on. The damage they do is just like thrips,
but with spider mites they pierce the surface of the leaves and can show tiny holes
or white speckling damage, unlike with thirps they eat the surface of the chlorophyll.
You can tell when you have infestation of spider mites , because you will have distorted
growth, shortened internodes and petioles.
When you have bad infestation you will see webbing with larva in them. You get
spider mites from either store bought soil mostly when your soil is not sterilized.
Most brands do not state weather or not they are, chances are if you buy cheap soil,
you have a less likely chance of the soil being sterile.Also, bringing outdoor plants
indoors, or getting plants from someone else who was infected with spidermites.
Spider mites live on the plant itself and are under the leaves most of the time and
are usually are so tiny you can’t see them with the naked eye. 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:

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)

GNATROL( used in Hydroponics/Aeroponics in the water as well as soil)
Safer Sticky Stakes
TR-11000 Pyrethrum
Anything that says dicofol on the back. ( should be used in vegging or early flowering)


Hot Pepper Wax,
Safer Yard & Garden Insecticide
Doc’s Neem Pest Soap
Bugzyme Natural Pest Killer
Schultz-Instant Insect Spray
Lady Beetles (Beneficial Insect)
Predatory mite (Beneficial Insect)
Pirate Bugs (Beneficial Insect)
Neem Oil
Neem 2

This is what I use only I add the hottest chile power I can find to the mix works great and washes off,

Tabacco Juice recipe

Take 3 strong ciggeretes or more soak them over night in water adding hot chili power
the hotter the better. And
Boil it for 2 to 3 miniutes, let it cool off. Then using ladies nylon socks strain other
wise you won’t be able to spray it. 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!!
ZBQ has an excellent thread on how to use neem oil without getting your plants to oily!! :tup: Your Last resort is to use Avid.

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Spinosad ( Monterry Insect Garden Spray and many other products) is made from a soil bacteria and is so non-toxic to humans it can be used on organic veggies and they keep their organic status. It is used on tobacco, up to a week before harvest so it’s safe to smoke or chew the plant you spray it on. Neurotoxin to insects, and it gets in via the soil and roots and offers some systemic protection too.