Posted 1M ago by @annapop

my problem child has spider mites again☹️ it’s an on going battle for sure. #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantTherapy #PestControl #annapop
7ft to light, indirect
8” pot with drainage
Last watered 5 days ago
Hi there. So sorry to hear that. Do you need advise on how to get rid of them?
@FitSedum i think i got it! i will start spraying with some castile soap and water, and use neem afterwards. do you have any other tips to make them go away for good?
@annapop I used Doktor Doom on my succulents outdoors. Yesterday, my Velvet Frydek had mites due to the infestation. I used Trifecta Crop Control spray last night to treat the plant after removing the webs and washing the leaves both top and underside. The Doktor Doom is a fogger and should only be used outdoors. The Trifecta has a strong scent you should be aware of. It’s not bad but it’s strong so spray carefully. I haven’t seen mites on the succulents nor have I seen damage on the plants (crassula are very delicate when it comes to any treatments). I sprayed Trifecta on the indoor plant to saturation and then sprayed it into the soil to get anything that was trying to hide but not to the point of saturation. After a few minutes, I wiped the foliage and left them alone. I only treat at night since they love to hide during the day.

Both products are on Amazon. I’ll be spraying the Frydek again tomorrow just to make sure to give it another dose of Trifecta and I may use it for the next week or two just to eradicate the chance of their return.

I did research and learned that spider mites exist everywhere. I had been so busy with work that I hadn’t done a deep cleaning at home or in my outdoor gardens this inviting them to colonize. It’s not a matter of us being dirty and not cleaning so please don’t think that’s what I’m saying: what I am saying is that there may be something somewhere near the plant that is carrying the mites. Look closely: it could be that there’s something that could use a deep cleaning of vacuuming like under a piece of furniture you missed when last cleaning and it’s where they are emerging from. I found this to be the case when I cleared sone things that my husband left near our dining table and I lost track of time; I didn’t move it when vacuuming out of being in a hurry and when I did yesterday, that patch of area rug had alot of dander. Those dust bunnies carry alot of things and I’m a stickler die moving things when cleaning but this got away from me. It happens so just give yourself grace if you do find mites and chalk it up to life being hectic. Clean them up and treat the plant every two days for a few weeks to prevent Re infection. You can also mist the leaves if they aren’t velvet on a daily basis to keep them away. Spider mites don’t like damp foliage. It’s why we use water to wash them off and treat to the point of saturation on foliage. We drown them.

Let me know if you want the links to the products.
@FitSedum wow! that was actually so informative thank you so much for taking the time to type that out. the one that’s for outdoors only, can i use it outside and then wait a little and bring them back in? or would the trifecta be the better option? and i would love the links for them, i’m always looking to find new products
@annapop the ones outside you can use Trifecta on but you would have to do it extremely early so they dry before sunrise. This is the way to do treatments so you avoid giving the sunlight an opportunity to scorch your foliage. I used Doktor Doom since it’s an aerosol spray that I could use after sundown or way before sunrise. It’s a mist in a can so I preferred that one for my plants. I didn’t have to wipe it off afterwards because that one shouldn’t be used to saturation or run-off like Trifecta. Plus the Doom spray works at every angle so you don’t have to work so hard to get the treatment where you need it. Just make sure you wear PPE and don’t have any pets or people running around. You can use Trifecta to spray indoor plants outdoors and just follow the light exposure precautions like you would with the doom product then bring them indoors when they are dry. You’ll get the scent but it’ll be faint. It’s actually a lot of essential oils that suffocate the mites and prevent them from being able to stick to the foliage. I like to think of it like this when I explain it to friends: it’s a common misconception that having lice means you are dirty and don’t wash your hair. It’s the opposite. Very clean hair is what they want. If you don’t use an oil, they can cling to hair and colonize. If you use an oil, they’ll be pressed to thrive. The same can be said for plants. The pests are the lice. The foliage is the hair. Suffocate them and make it hard for them to stick and the problems are fewer and further in between. When you think of dander, it looks dirty but the fact is that it’s just fibers, dust, hair strands and they are all dry. When you clean, you remove and wet the places they can cling to.

Doom is for an infestation in larger areas. If it’s just one plant, use Trifecta, wear gloves and be cautious of the scent and any overspray. Some of us are sensitive to even organic products.

Here’s the link in case you need it: Trifecta Crop Control Ready to Use Maximum Strength Natural Pesticide, Fungicide, Miticide, Insecticide, Help Defeat Spider Mites, Powdery Mildew, Botrytis and Mold on Plants 32 OZ Size
@FitSedum THANK YOU!!! you are seriously so amazing and i will definitely buy that product! the lice analogy totally makes sense
@annapop my pleasure to assist! I can only offer advice from experience. Please read the directions and follow them. I hope your beautiful plant baby ends up healthy and free of pests. I’m glad the lice analogy makes sense. I use alot of analogies to help people understand how things work. 😅 Some are confused by the advice until it’s broken down in a way they can associate it with other every day concerns.

I hope to see your plant free of pests soon! Best of luck and happy growing! 🌿

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