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HotShot No Pest Strips work great for spider mite control!

BasementGuerrilla
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I just had my first bout with spider mites. While watering my beautiful Mango mother I noticed about 6-7 bottom leaves that were about 10-15% infested with mites. I freaked out and called my buddy. He calmly told me to relax, go to Lowe’s and buy a $4 Hotshot No Pest Strip, hang it in my garden, and call him in a week to thank him.

6 days after first seeing the mites and hanging a NPS in my garden, ALL MITES ARE DEAD! NO SIGNS OF SURVIVORS!

I feel sorry for all the people that choose to wage an expensive, time consuming war with these little bastards. It’s so simple with the no pest strips. To hell with all the hippie crap that just pisses them off.

But, I should also say that you should use this product with caution. I don’t think you should use NPS past the 3rd week of flower. If that is your situation then go for the Azamax/Azatrol (supposedly a 100% sure thing that is organic, but expensive). I think it is very important to wash the chemicals off all the leaves after putting a NPS in your garden. You should not keep a NPS in your garden for preventative maintenence IMHO. I think it should be used for one week upon first site of mites (spider mite eggs hatch in 3-4 days), and then placed in a ziplock bag until it is needed again. The one time I went into my mother’s room this week without a dust mask, I definitely came out light headed, and I don’t think it was the trainwreck I smoked earlier in the day.

I just had my first bout with spider mites. While watering my beautiful Mango mother I noticed about 6-7 bottom leaves that were about 10-15% infested with…

No pest strips cannabis

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Nature is my church and walking through it is gospel. It tells no lies and reveals all to those who look, and listen, closely.
-Karode

This stuff kills all flying and crawling insects. To be honest, I think it will kill everything with a week worth of exposure.

I need to kill the living ones, then wait for the larvae to come out, and the eggs to hatch and turn to larvae and them come out to eat a bowl of death soup. The life cycle is 3-4 weeks apparently.

Unfortunately my plants won’t live with 4 weeks lights off, and I can’t have the lights on without having ventilation on. I think 48 hour exposures will work. Will test it and report back.

Next time I go on a 6 week holiday I’m going to hang up 4 of these around the house and turn off the ventilation. This shit will even kill the silverfish and sow bugs. You can put a bag around a bed, and in a week of exposure it will kill any bed bugs in the bed. People use it for fruit flies, flies, you can put one in a dumpster, close the lid, boom dead. Cabin at the lake? when you close it up in the fall hang some up, and in the spring you won’t get that sudden fly infestation from last years nesting.

Anyway, I don;t sell this shit so I won’t go on. I’ll let you know how it work for the gnats. hate seeing those fucks crawling around on my loph seedlings, maybe even crawling on my fresh grafts, dragging their dirty feet around

fungus gnats crawl all over the soil, if you don’t have too many plants try buying some sticky traps for mice and just set them on the soil, it wont stop the infestation but will help to keep the population down

I know someone who used one of those strips your talking about to remove a silverfish infestation from his book collection, as far as I can tell it worked well.

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Vegetation has crawled for miles towards the cities. It is waiting. Once the city is dead, the vegetation will cover it, will climb over the stones, grip them, search them, make them burst with its long black pincers; it will blind the holes and let its green paws hang over everything.
—Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

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ferrel_human said:
i grow coca and cacao.indoor. it would be nice to kill th÷m.

How’s that working? that sounds interesting to me. from seed?

Not a single winged animal after 12 hours. I dug around in the dirt and found some crawlers, I think they are the stage between winged adults and larvae. So I hit them with another 24 hours. I also went in there with a fork to fluff up the top inch or two, to dry it out, and get the poison in the air deeper. After that 24 hours, not a crawler in sight. I’ll be hitting them again in a week.

I have to be honest, I didn’t expect them to do so well against the bugs. I kept on wanting to go in the room to check them out. The slight smell of the strip isn’t so bad. I used to pick up a little seedling pot and I at least saw a fly adult, or a crawler. There is nothing. In a week I’ll hit the new generation. Fuck those little pricks, seriously, I would move the soil in a tiny seedling pot and see 5-6 crawling mid adults. In a tiny pot of 1 month old soil! What about my tiny seedling roots that are feeding those 80-100 fucks? That can’t be good for seedlings

I’ve had a couple of clones killed by gnat larva once. It was nasty, they ate the roots and had bored into the stem.

BTI works great. Gnatrol or mosquito bits/dunks. I make a tea out of neem cake sometimes and they hate that too.

I also make traps with yellow duct tape and tanglefoot to catch the flyers.

I’ve also noticed gnats usually show up when I’m watering a little more than I should be, and letting things dry a little helps a lot.

I’m trying the drying out thing, there is no doubt all my containers were pretty wet. The hot shot was effective for the living adults, I’m thinking another 48 hours in a week and a half, while still keeping them on the dry side, and I’ll have a lot of it under control.

The hot shot swung a little and touched a snake plant of mine. Totally killed and turned the flesh to mush where the liquid touched it. Strong stuff I think

Thanks for the tips. Wouldn’t mind some kind of poison to pour onto them to kill the larvae

I personally wouldn’t even think of using those around my plants or my home. If you’re not already aware that regulatory agencies in the US are a JOKE then look into it. Doesn’t take much digging to see the corrupt and deplorable truth.

That being said I concur with humingbird that bti(mosquito dunks) will wipe them out. As a bonus its a natural bacteria so hardly any worries about health issues.

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Myco Dude said:
I personally wouldn’t even think of using those around my plants or my home. If you’re not already aware that regulatory agencies in the US are a JOKE then look into it. Doesn’t take much digging to see the corrupt and deplorable truth.

That being said I concur with humingbird that bti(mosquito dunks) will wipe them out. As a bonus its a natural bacteria so hardly any worries about health issues.

Life is about moderation and proper usage. As long as he airs it out (which is states on the package to do) he should be fine. They’re designed for places that people don’t frequent daily (summer cabins, crawl spaces, attics etc) so you have to assume some risk/liability when not using them for their intended purpose. The dunks only work on the larva, it won’t kill off the adults which is why you need a multi pronged attack.

For what it’s worth you can eradicate fungus gnats by putting a half inch layer of fine sand on top of each pot. Fungus gnats pupate in the soil but can not crawl through sand, so a layer of fine sand will disrupt the life cycle and wipe them out.

I do that, because I grow organic and hate chemicals.

Just food for thought though, do what you want.

I just put one up due to a crazy gnat invasion. I’ve had it for a while, bought it after I had crazy spider mite infection that wouldn’t clear. Ended up taking the crop, so didn’t use it. I’ve done