Well Sunday was a planned transplant day my veg room was wall to wall green pulling plants out for my production line approach to transplanting noticed some of my girls had tell tale spots on their leaves. Any experienced grower knows my thoughts and mood at that moment how bad is it? fricken little bastards how did you get in here? followed by out with the microscope which of the many nasty little buggers could you be?
After inspection my luck was apparent as they are mostly juveniles and not spotted having caught them early I worked my way down the list culled several heavier affected plants and started my offensive with DRDoom pyretrin spray knowing full well this will be my first offensive measure Also knowing full well pyrethrin will fry many of my leaves but the little bastards will not be given a beach head from which to begin their true invasion we all know they are the herpies of the grow room.
Today is day 3 and began my land battle scissors in one hand bag in the other defoliating 60-70% of every plant and culling anything that didn’t resist my pyrethrin assault which was 5 plants bringing the toll up to around 9 if I were a patient and forgiving person or very green to growing I wouldn’t consider this a win. Since I have no mercy for the little offending !@#$ers I refused to stop there I showered each remaining plant top to bottom above and below in Mighty-wash this is only the second wave of my zero tolerance war two days vigil followed by a rinse with mild soap mixture and Vasiline on all trunks.
For anyone unfamiliar with spider mites they are a bane they drink from your plant leaves and a mature female lays 20 eggs per day they are almost invisible when juvenile and typically by the time you notice them they have several generations going. Their life cycle is 40 days but they hatch in less than 8 days and are mature within a week pyrethrin will kill only adults and juveniles but some are immune and so to are their offspring. Un-checked they will take over a grow room in a few weeks they move from plant to plant and when they reach full adult and critical numbers they form webs getting rid of them takes a couple weeks since eggs hatch daily. For this reason an aggressive response is needed and fast 3 very different steps are a must to ensure eradication is success no one poison works so it is recommended to stagger treatments on 3 day rotation.