Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!
>From my posted message it would seem that I'm fighting the desert.
The plants are fairly enclosed, with a 4+ foot wall in front and the house I
rent on the other 3 sides. There is also an overhang about 2 ft above the
wall and covering all the plants. I wet down the outdoor carpet at least
twice a day to try and get some ambient humidity.
That's how I should have started my post....oops!
Now, in addition to this, I have all my "skunk cabbages" on trays of water.
PLEASE tell me I've redeemed myself in the eyes of my fellow aroiders
Really, thanks to all for the help!
>From: jim singer <email@example.com>
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Oh NO! Spider Mites!
>Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 23:56:27 -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 <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
>>>Obviously, your mite population has already become well established.
>>>In this case you might consider mixing the Pentac directly with some
>>>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
>>>At least until next season.
>>>Best of luck,
>>> -Dan Levin
>>> > Help!
>>> > My Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) has a heavy spider
>>> > 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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