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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: jim singer <jsinger@igc.org>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 23:56:29 -0500 (CDT)

well, without a greenhouse, seems to me you're trying to humidify the 
desert. if the plants were misted constantly, you might have a chance at 
raising the humidity in their environment.

At 12:52 PM 4/20/01 -0500, Nyles wrote:
>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 misted regularly.
>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 big guns.
>I'm off to get some Pentac.
>Many thanks to all!
>>From: Dan Levin <levin@pixar.com>
>>Reply-To: aroid-l@mobot.org
>>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.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 
>>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 first
>>Obviously, your mite population has already become well established.
>>In this case you might consider mixing the Pentac directly with some 
>>other product
>>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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