If you’re a keen gardener, you want to ensure that the plants you grow produce the biggest and best yields possible. Spider mites can significantly reduce your quality yields. Read on to find out how you can eliminate them easily by using ladybugs in your grow-room.
Mites are tiny insects that pierce the leaves of cannabis plants. When you see numbers of mites per leaf reaches 25 to 30, the plant becomes stressed and the leaves start to bronze. The affected leaves turn yellow and brown.
The cannabis industry is full of epic claims about the potency and effects of highly concentrated hash oils and medical marijuana. But if you care about your health, then you should make sure that you’re getting an organic experience that exceeds even the most powerful marijuana high.
Ladybugs, the most popular of beneficial insects for organic farming have many applications but are most often introduced to rid a crop of spider mites. If you want to grow without pesticides then give them a try to control your spider mite infestation.
Ladybugs are one of the most well-known natural predators to get rid of spider mites. The best part is that once all the spider mites have been eliminated, ladybugs will leave your plants alone.
Let’s get straight to the point. Ladybugs are a non-toxic solution that is much cheaper and easier to use than pesticides. While it won’t solve your problem in one day, ladybugs are a preventative pest control method that can save you money in the long run.
Providing a home for ladybugs is an easy and effective way to help control populations of aphids, whiteflies, and other pests in your garden.
Ladybugs aren’t very likely to fly very far, so the best way to move ladybugs is with a container that they can crawl into. A one gallon milk jug works great! If you’re currently having a problem with spider mites in your garden, ladybugs will be very happy to call your garden home and eat them for you. All they require in return is some shelter in a protected container and some food – and they’ll take care of the rest.
For instance, a propagation tray is an ideal container for containing ladybugs. Adding water and food to the container will help keep them hydrated and nourished, while the empty plastic container will provide living quarters for the ladybugs. Place five or 10 raisins on the bottom of the tray, not too close to the sides. Then, take a natural sea sponge soaked in filtered (preferably bottled) water (not dripping, but definitely wet) and place it in the tray as well. Catch, release, and watch our ladybugs go to work!
Just check the moisture level of the sponges every morning and top them off with a small amount of water if they need it. The prop tray should stay closed except when you’re adding more moisture. You might have to sneak a few refreshments into the top of your propagation tray on occasion, but you can avoid stressing your ladybugs by keeping them from becoming dehydrated.
You can use ladybugs any stage of the grow cycle but try to keep them out of your flower room. The ladybugs will eat the aphids or mites, but they can also eat some of the colas if they are left in the flowering room for too long.
Some plants, like the cannabis bud, are best left without insect interference. Ladybugs, which can be used to control pests that destroy your crop, don’t approve of the sticky resin. They’ll defile your buds by burying their larvae in them. So it’s always best to get rid of ladybugs before they’re able to lay eggs on your plants.
If you sell your buds to a medical dispensary, you might want to think of another pest control strategy for your flowering plants. Again, if you treat vegetative plants with ladybugs prior to flowering, they should remain spider-mite-free thereafter.
It’s okay to buy ladybugs, but be sure you know what you’re getting. Thousands of non-native ladybugs have found their way to North America and are posing a threat to the native species. Go native! Look for ladybugs in your area that eat the pests you’re trying to get rid of. Ladybugs don’t bite, and they’ll soon disappear when they wipe out your problem insects.