Trifecta Grow Guide: Naturally Defeat Spider Mites on Cannabis
Most mites are harmless, some even beneficial, but certain species are predatory or parasitic. Many mite species are plant parasites, and of these, the spider mite species are one of the most common and proli c.
There are hundreds of spider mite species, and they are common pests to encounter when grow- ing cannabis…if you’ve found some of these little guys on your plants there is no need to freak out, they can be brought under control without losing your entire harvest, but you need to act fast!
In this guide we break down for you how
to prevent spider mites without using toxic chemicals and how to deal with an infestation if you have one.
What a Spider Mite is:
Spider Mites aren’t insects, but rather arachnids like spiders and scorpions. There are approximately 50,000 species of mite that have been observed.
The spider mite life cycle is generally 2-4 weeks long. Eggs hatch in 3 days, and sexual maturity is reached in 5 days. This means that for approximately 2 weeks females will lay eggs, and they lay approximately 20 eggs per day!
During her life a female spider mite will lay approximately 1400 eggs!
If half those eggs are female there could be over 1,000,000 mites in your room from 1 female within 4 weeks, and the cycle spirals from there…as you can see this is why acting quickly once you notice them is very important to winning the battle.
Spider mites can be on your plants before even the most observant growers take notice. That is why it is so important to identify the problem long before an infestation.
Let’s get into how we can find and identify spider mites so you can stop them before it’s too late.
How to Find and Identify Spider Mites in Your Garden
Spider mites are called spider mites because they often run very fine threads of a material that looks like spider silk (as you can see in the image above).
When an infestation has reached critical stages, it will create an appearance as though a ne web has surrounded leaves and owers colonized
by tiny, slowly moving critters; little crawling dots inside the web.
If an infestation has progressed this far before you observe it; cut it out of the plant and burn it, or dispose of it, even throw the entire plant out… you have already reached that exponential stage of population growth where the only option is to remove it to avoid further contamination.
Regularly (the more the better, this should be done daily) observe with a magnifying glass the surface of leaves especially the undersides,
Paying attention for little crawling dots that can barely be seen with the naked eye.
Spider mites feed using a stylet mechanism, a slender probe that they pierce the cell walls of the plant with to extract nutrients. In many cases these little dots on the plants are the rst sign of mites you will see.
Another telltale sign of spider mites is a tiny white- yellow discoloration of the leaf that occurs at the feeding site which causes drooping on the leaves as well.
Tiny little mottled discoloration like this coupled with little crawlers on the underside of the leaf, and you have spider mites colonization underway in your garden.
When you do nd any of these signs on your plants, the earlier you act the better your chance of overcoming and defeating the attack. now that we know how to identify spider mites let’s look at how they end up there in the rst place.
How do Spider Mites Get Into Indoor Grow Rooms?
When evaluating where your spider mite problem came from some questions to ask yourself are…
did you visit a nursery or garden center?
Trucks coming in delivering plants from all over the country, and as you walked through the greenhouse you picked up a clever
…or you just visited the local hydro store, you didn’t touch any plants, just walked around the store picking up various supplies.
Did you walk across a patch of lawn before you entered your room? do you buy, sell, or trade clones?
Clone transfers are another major way that clean rooms become contaminated with spider mites.
Spider mites are so common that you can often nd them on house plants. perhaps you were visiting friends or family, and there was a spider mite colony on aunt Mildred’s house plants.
Spider mites travel on contaminated clones, and many times cannot be seen by the naked eye, so they could be on you at any time and you wouldn’t even know it.
The key here is to understand that you can pick up a spider mite just about anywhere, so being prepared with strategies to prevent them and defeat them is important for all growers.
Strategies, Tips and Tricks to Control and Prevent Spider Mites in your Grow Rooms
Developing a preventative maintenance strategy beforehand and following it religiously can greatly increase your likelihood
of preventing spider mite outbreaks and ensuing plant damage.
Keep in mind that if you do have an infestation, there is hope! but it is much better to beat spider mites before they infest then to try to defeat them after a full blown infestation.
That is why you should have (IPM) Integrated pest Management as part of your preventative maintenance strategy to ensure successful, healthy plants.
The UN Food and Agricultural Commission de nes an Integrated Pest Management strategy as:
“The careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justifed and reduce
or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.” See on fao website here
Bottom line with an IPM strategy is that you should plan and consider how to deal with pests and implement ongoing routines that prevent issues and address them proactively instead
of reactively. This is the key to successful preventative maintenance and winning the battle against spider mites.
Keep in mind that the symptoms of poor health in a plant can be easy to observe, but the specific issue may be harder to identify. discoloration of leaves, leaf curl, droopy appearance, poor growth are all going to occur with various pests, but also with nutrient imbalances whether too high or too low.
Take note of anything that seems off, look close, take note of where the potential issue
is in your room. watch to see if they begin showing indications and symptoms in the days that follow. note the time, symptoms observed, whether it is a single plant or multiple plants exhibiting symptoms.
Environmental conditions play a role in the occurrence of spider mites.
Step up your efforts for preventative maintenance when conditions are ripe for spider mites infestation. Spider mites like dry and warm conditions, so keep that in mind as you use the tips in this guide.
Noting things like, where in the feeding cycle you are, temperature, humidity are all important in your preventative maintenance strategy. The more detailed your observations are can help you identify what the issue that is presenting actually is.
Clones should be kept completely separate, their own room is an absolute necessity, and preferably this room should be in a different location altogether.
New clones should be observed regularly for at least a week for any symptoms of problems before they are introduced to your garden.
Clones need to be quarantined when brought in from the outside. This step can be very aggravating, but it can not be overstated.
When you are physically moving from the quarantine location to the garden, change your clothes.If these two locations are in separate building change your clothes twice, once when you leave the location where the clones are quarantined and again when you change to clean clothes and shoes to enter your grow space.
Combating Full-Blown Spider Mite Infestation with Trifecta Crop Control
Before we talk about application for infestation of Spider mites, it is important to begin with an understanding of what Trifecta crop control is, and what it isn’t, and how to get the best results for your garden.
Trifecta Crop Control is not a “kill-all” “kill- on-contact” toxic chemical pesticide like Myclobutanil or Abamectin that you can just spray or detonate once and you’re done.
All the ingredients in Trifecta crop control are chosen speci cally to mitigate the most common issues (mold, mildew and fungus) for cannabis growing, many situations can be immediately brought under control with the proper infestation application regime.
But the true secret to success is in preventative maintenance and stopping these problems before they start.
Drenching plants in toxic chemicals to kill spider mites is not the solution to producing bountiful healthy plants…and certainly not healthy for the end user of your medicine.
With overall plant health as a foundation, you can implement a preventative maintenance routine of Trifecta crop control that works like a charm to keep your plants clean and free of mold, mildew and fungus.
Utilizing natural essential oils and nano-sized particles, Trifecta Crop Control can radically reduce the instances and outbreaks of spider mites without using any of the common chemical pesticides you see being used in pest management today.
From application in hundreds of grows that we have personally tested and seen with very experienced growers…Trifecta crop control is totally safe to use on cannabis plants and will produce great results to prevent and cure spider mites when used as directed.
FOR AN INFESTATION OF SPIDER MITES dilute generally 2oz of crop control into a gallon of water and spray every 2 days for 2 weeks, then every 3 days for 2 weeks to break the lifecycle.
…Now you’ve broken the life cycle of the mites, but never assume that there wasn’t one female that somehow made it through the cracks! Make sure you keep a up with a preventative maintenance routine to stop any infestation from coming back.
FOR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE just dilute 1⁄2 oz of Trifecta crop control per gallon and spray twice weekly, or dilute 1 oz to a gallon and spray once weekly.
Sometimes people come to us frantic after they realize they have an outbreak of mites asking for help, and the situation could have been handled well before any infestation occurred in the rst place…
…and in most cases Trifecta crop control can help save their harvest… but sometimes it is just too late to save the precious crop.
Don’t let that crop be yours… Prevent it before it starts.
Watch John from Trifecta breaking down Preventative Maintenance with Ben from Jefferson State Farms:
If you have mites now, once you have broken the life cycle begin implementing the practices outlined.
We promise that if a preventative maintenance strategy is used with Trifecta crop control in the rotation, full blown infestations won’t ever become an issue.
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Good luck with everything and happy growing!
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