Red Spider Mites

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Aug 28, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    The Moose Land is experiencing red spider mites during this rainy season. :mad: I thought rain is supposed to wash these off? If I have this problem now, what is going to happen in the late Fall? :(

    Can anyone recommend an effective miticide for these annoying pests? :confused:
     
  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    The Bayer 3 in 1 product has worked well for me. I would like to use something else every few applications so that the insects don't get immune.
     
  3. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Last year I thoroughly sprayed all my crotons with Bayer 3-in-1 before moving them indoors, but I still had spider mite problems...
    At some point when I was able to move them all outdoors during some mild weather I sprayed them with Murphy's Oil Soap after which I saw no more mites for the rest of the winter...
     
  4. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Coffee - either sun coffee from old grounds or diluted leftover coffee (non of that instant crap) - kills all sorts of bugs and arachnids. Makes me wonder why I still drink the stuff (while sipping coffee as I key this in). I've also used it on interior plants with great success. Plus I like the price!
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Peyton, if they were already infested, it may have required more than one application. The idea is to use more as a preventative so control (if required) is easier. If applied repeatedly, the insect does develop a certain level of tolerance so it's good to use something else in your spraying cycle.
     
  6. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Some info gleaned today from the cycad chat board:
    Systemic miticides include the following: KONTOS, Safari, and Trilogy
    One member who claims to have a collection of old and new world croton cultivars mentioned that Avid kills mites but results in some unsusual leaf shapes on crotons.
    Not sure if any or all of this is available in Florida or if one needs a pesiticide license or whatever.
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Phil,

    If it creates unusual leaf shapes, one might need to wear a special suit before applying.
     

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