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Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!
  • From: George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:19:11 -0500 (CDT)

Is there an online source of Pentac?

George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
Metro-Manila, Philippines

At 11:12 PM 4/19/01, you wrote:
>If you're searching for an aroid-friendly miticide, I'd suggest using 
>Very safe as these things go, Pentac is mite specific and won't kill 
>insects (it's an acaricide, not an insecticide).  It's slow acting 
>initially; treated
>mites stop feeding in a few hours but don't die for 1 - 3 days.  Hence Pentac
>is optimally used in a preventative type program or when an infestation is 
>Obviously, your mite population has already become well established.
>In this case you might consider mixing the Pentac directly with some other 
>exhibiting a faster knock-down; Pentac is compatible with all common 
>One aroid-safe product I can highly recommend is "Mavrik", a 
>Mix the two compounds together then add a spreader-sticker (now here's a good
>application for your failed Safer's soap!).  Follow up on days 5 and 10 
>with another
>spraying and I can assure you: the pending apocalypse will be 
>unequivocally canceled.
>At least until next season.
>Best of luck,
>  -Dan Levin
>Nyles wrote:
> > Help!
> >
> > My Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) has a heavy spider mite
> > infestation.
> > Can other aroids be far behind?
> > Is this a sign of the apocalypse?
> >
> > I've been trying soap solutions.
> > It's too heavy an infestation for predatory mites.
> > It's very dry in Arizona, and some plants seem prone. This is a first for
> > the skunks.
> >
> > Help me!....anyone?
> >
> > Nyles

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