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Trying to eradicate bugs from my vegging tent

Just another problem to add to a long list of previous ones! At least when you have got bugs, you can see them, and understand the objective in removing them. Nothing like as bad as when you get growing problems without knowing a cause!  Anyway, I was firstly aware of a spider mite

infection. First of all, I made up a garlic spray by grinding up loads of fresh garlic and putting it in a trigger spray with water.  I also left some chopped up garlic on the surface of the pots.  Wow - did that stink! :wassnnme:I sprayed all the plants in the veg tent and the flowering tent too.  The whole house stank for days! -  :wassnnme:Harvest time smells are nothing compared to this.   My Mrs. never said a word!  :unsure:  She must have stunk of garlic when she went to work! lol

 

Anyway, the garlic did seem to kill off the spider-mites, but there was still something attacking the plants.  I always remove imperfect leaves partly because I want a close-up look to see what the problem is, and partly because it makes my plants look wonky! :med:

Every time I remove a leaf I check it out under a loupe, and I have been seeing the culprits - which are pesky thrips. I carried on with the garlic spray but it just wasn't killing them.  I then got some diatomaceous earth in a very fine form in a puffer bottle.

Every day I have been puffing all the plants on the underneath side.  It still never removed them. I was finding that the thrips were then moving onto the top surface of the leaves! :ranting:

 

So then I started doing the tops of the leaves also.  The thrips are still there living in amongst all the debris around them.  I am aware of many other options that I haven't yet tried, and I wonder why I have this issue. I think it could have something to do with using leaf mould? It is wonderful stuff in theory, but it is crawling with livestock. Or maybe my worm compost?  Or maybe everyone gets them anyway regardless of your soil? :g:

 

I have seen little smoke canisters on ebay and in garden centres that you light, and it smokes the bugs to death. Not including eggs though. I thought this might be an idea?  Still thinking...and asking for some ideas peoples!

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have used sb plant invigorator for years usually works with one hit, have treated spider mites and aphids, used to take a couple of hits to get rid until I bought a power spray, it has a good shelf life and its cheap.

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12 hours ago, hash72 said:

have used sb plant invigorator for years usually works with one hit, have treated spider mites and aphids, used to take a couple of hits to get rid until I bought a power spray, it has a good shelf life and its cheap.

 

Thanks for that!  I didn't know about that product. It looks really good! - especially as it is dual purpose. That is a great idea as plants that have been attacked by bugs need a boost. Have ordered a bottle. Cheers buddy! :yep:

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Try putting a hot-shot pest strip in when lights go out. It will kill everything.

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1 hour ago, HippyHair said:

Try putting a hot-shot pest strip in when lights go out. It will kill everything.

 

Another great product suggestion that I didn't know about.  Thanks for that! :yep:   My plants will be very happy when they are eventually bug-free.  It really seems to stunt their growth when they are being attacked. 

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Can sb plant invigorator  be used on late flowering (a week or two left) plants?

 

My plant is raddled with spidermite. It's not doing too badly all things considered but they sure could use some invigoration!

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Simple Jack said:

Can sb plant invigorator  be used on late flowering (a week or two left) plants?

 

My plant is raddled with spidermite. It's not doing too badly all things considered but they sure could use some invigoration!

 

 

No mate, don’t put anything on flowering plants that you don’t think you could safely drink is a good rule of thumb lol 

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