Hi, I just became a member after reading garigans62’s problem with the spider mites :(. I had the same problem. Don’t know if I still do - because I haven’t turn every leaf of my plants (two of them) as yet. However, I started about a week ago using Diaomaceous_Earth - which was listed as being effective against spider mites (and many other pests looming around in your home). I live in Germany and it is my third attempt at trying to grow my own. The first one was a bit of a success with very tiny buds and not such a great high. The second batch I had to abandon because of my travelling back and forth; during my absence they became infested with spider mites and my wife just don’t have a green thumb at all - so I had her ditch them. I grow indoors because of the weather.
This being my third attemp and looking good - after the the DE treatment - but I am still worried about my girls. Some leaves have been eaten by something ! Not very sure by what. I place DE in the under cover - which catches excess water - and atop the soil of each plant. As a matter of fact I did the same for all my plant at home. I even washed each under-cover plate with a special solution to kill any mold or mildew.
MAybe my application method of DE is wrong - should I have mixed it with water and sprayed the plants instead of just covering the soil? Oh - I forgot to mention. I showered down each plant in the bathtub every other day for one week being as throughly as I could. I also went out and purchased a bottle of lavender oil and dissolved this in preboilded-water which I used to spray each leaf (trying to cover top and underside) almost each day now. It has been a little more than a week and they seem to have fewer spidermites.
But are they ALL gone - I dont know. what are these bite-holes on my leaves if all the mites are gone? Is there a way to post a pic?