Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!
Thanks to all that helped with my spider mite problem!
I tried to raise the humidity, as I do every year. In fact the "skunk
cabbages" are all sitting on trays of water since winter ended, and getting
I guess you just can't fight the Arizona desert without a greenhouse.
I'm going to give in this year on my "eco-groovy" philosophy and go for the
I'm off to get some Pentac.
Many thanks to all!
>From: Dan Levin <email@example.com>
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!
>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 10:12:41 -0500 (CDT)
>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
>mites stop feeding in a few hours but don't die for 1 - 3 days. Hence
>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
>application for your failed Safer's soap!). Follow up on days 5 and 10
>spraying and I can assure you: the pending apocalypse will be unequivocally
>At least until next season.
>Best of luck,
> -Dan Levin
> > 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
> > the skunks.
> > Help me!....anyone?
> > Nyles
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