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OfflineHrethic
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Iso Alcohol and Mites
    #4534105 - 08/14/05 04:20 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

So i have spider mites on my ladies... and they're in the middle of flowering. Probably have another 3 weeks to go, but then again they've been slowed down for a while so they might have more. The problem is that i tried killing them by smashing and i only got the one's on the outer parts of the leaves, most of the eggs are tucked back in small leaves.

So i was thinking making a diluted mixture of 91% isopropyl alcohol and water and then put it on a Q-Tip and whip where my fingers can't smash... would this hurt the ladies? I'm kinda hoping it wouldn't, but then instantly or almost instantly melt/kill the mites and their eggs. Or would maybe h202 be better?


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Hrethic]
    #4534909 - 08/14/05 08:23 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

http://oisat.org/pestsmap.htm

I had good results with the "flower spray". If you have lacewings at your home, even better!


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: ytse]
    #4535031 - 08/14/05 09:00 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Alcohol will harm your plants. H2O2/water solution would work better if you want to apply like that. Mites hate water...you may consider soaking your plants for a few days in a row if you are working outdoors...


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Organic]
    #4538431 - 08/15/05 04:45 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Yeah i'm not... that's the problem. Well thanks for the replies... looks like (cause i have no money for anything professional) i'll be back to smashing by hand and Q-tip for now.


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Hrethic]
    #4538841 - 08/15/05 06:35 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

If you trust yourself, and are working with containers, dip the entire plant in a huge vat of water. This requires a very steady hand to assure your plant's rootball won't slide out and dump into the water. Good luck, mites are a pain in the ass.


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Organic]
    #4538854 - 08/15/05 06:38 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

yeah... i definitely trust myself, but the thing is they are in the middle of flower. I'm a worried about the trichs and mold. But really i think i'm gonna do this if my smashing doesn't continue to keep them at bay.


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Hrethic]
    #4538861 - 08/15/05 06:39 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

And thanks! :laugh:


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Hrethic]
    #4545358 - 08/17/05 04:00 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I had severe aphid infestation on my Sally D plants over the winter. I used the insecticidal soap. Its supposed to be non-toxic. It worked better for me than the iso alcohol, but seemed to dry out the leaves a little bit. Salvia is pretty sensitive though, especially in the winter. You can get it in home depot or order online. I paid around 15-20 dollars for Safer's brand concentrate...which felt like a rip off. When that didn't work, I got some from Home depot. I believe Shultz's makes it. It didn't get rid of them totally, but it kept them down pretty well when combined with squashing. I would sit there for hours until it looked like they were gone, but every few days they would reappear if I left it alone. At the beginning of the summer I put the plants outside and noticed that almost every plant in my yard had them, though they were more spread out so as not to stress the plant. I continued spraying just to keep them down, preparing to lose all my plants. Eventually they disappeared. I am assuming you can't move the plants outdoors (and I'm assuming they are indoors.) With nowhere else to go, they will have to stay on your plants if they are not killed off completely. I don't know if spider mites are as persistant as aphids, but I was going nuts trying everything. My case is sort of different in that I moved them outside..but if you're looking for something thats not too harsh on the plant...at least compared to the alcohol, and won't be toxic it might be worth a shot.


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Re: Iso Alcohol and Mites [Re: Hrethic]
    #4545463 - 08/17/05 04:25 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

for most of my mite and bug problems i just use oil, dishwashing liquid and water. works most of the time.


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