Using Natural Insecticides
AzaMax will control spider mites
AzaMax is a natural product with a broad spectrum of pest control and broad plant applications. AzaMax is an anti-feedant and insect growth regulator which control (kills) pests through starvation and growth disruption within two or three days. Therefore this product is used when the bugger is chomping on the foliage. Any of the sprayers can be used to apply AzaMax
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Spinosad Is New and Will Control Spider Mites
Spinosad is an organic insecticide, produced by fermentation. Spinosad can hurt insects on contact so it is best to spray this product at dusk or at sunrise when all the befeficial insects are just getting organized. During the day Spinosad is most effective when ingested by the insect because it is chomping on a coated leaf, therefore it has little effect on sucking insects and non-target predatory insects. Spinosad is relatively fast acting. The pest insect dies within 1 to 2 days after ingesting the active ingredient. Apply every one to two weeks until the pest insect is gone. Spinosad will not persist in the environment. Sunlight and soil microbes break it down into carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Listed for use in organic production. For more information about using Spinosad, go to Yardener’s Tool Shed; click here.
Neem oil soap is a natural insecticide that will kill mites on contact and then repel new arrivals for about 2 weeks. Pyrethrum is made from chrysanthemum blossoms and is quite effective especially when applied directly to the pest. Light horticultural oil is effective in smothering mites. Finally Insecticidal Soap has been used for decades by professionals and homeowners alike to successfully control mites. Go to the Natural Insecticides section in Yardener’s Tool Shed for details on each product.