Spider mites

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by junglegal, Oct 31, 2010.

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  1. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I'm starting to see some activity with our drier cooler weather. So far I've been able to keep them at bay by spraying the leaves daily. In a few weeks I plan to wrap my screened room in greenhouse film. I'm worried that the mites will be a problem when the crotons are housed in there. Besides daily misting, should I be treating them with them with something? I've heard Ray speak of the bayer 3 in one product. Would this be the best course of action?
     
  2. Borgy230

    Borgy230 Active Member

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    I have also had problems with spider mites recently since its been so dry, and this is with plants in the garden that are in the ground!!

    I use the bayer 3 in 1 on all my crotons for the scale, it works amazingly, has the highest concentration of the key ingredient thats in Merit.
    I still have had spider mites on plants that have been treated with this though.
     
  3. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    After a few applications, it's good to spray with something else. If you only use the 3 in 1, the mites develop a tolerance and become immune to the Imidacloprid.
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    And.....if I'm not mistaken, there's four stages to the life of a spidermite. And most insecticides are NOT listed to kill all four stages. That's why it's good to use at least two different miticides/insecticides.
     

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