For years, indoor gardeners have suffered at the hands of spider mites. As medical marijuana continues to legalize throughout the United States, 19 of 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. have legalized the drug, it is more important than ever for growers to understand the tricks behind protecting their crop. Far too many growers look to research spider mite killing products once an infestation has surfaced. Unfortunately, this is typically a point in time where much of the harvest has already suffered. Rapidly reproducing and attacking, spider mites present a serious threat to indoor growers trying to build upon their medical marijuana crops.
In what can literally happen overnight, growers have found that they often lose an entire crop due to a spider mite infestation. The two-spotted spider mite is the biggest culprit to date. These mites are particularly attracted to medical marijuana crops and are often able to continually resist treatments to eradicate them. Getting rid of spider mites for good entails picking a product that maintains the following crucial components:
- Kills spider mite eggs to prevent future infestations
- Kills on contact to remove current infestations
- Composed completely organically
- Able to be used at all times, germination through harvest
- No harmful chemicals
- Safe to use under any light
Growers should also make sure that the spider mite killer chosen has been laboratory tested. Indoor gardeners often struggle to find a product that is safe to use under any type light. Medical marijuana growers must pay special attention to the product’s ability to perform under lighting. In addition, organic products are certainly preferable for medical marijuana. Finally, the spider mite killer must also attack the eggs and mites on contact, to stop infestations from getting out of control and completely destroying a crop.
All in all, medical marijuana growers must act quickly when it comes to spider mite infestations. As more time goes on, the likelihood of salvaging infested crops decreases significantly.