Spider mites, they come and they…never go forever! You’ve tried neem oil, no pest strips, bombs, water showers, all of which will control them, but do they ever kill spider mites forever? Can you ever stop worrying about spider mites?
Everyone knows that those little suckers can come in on clothing, shoes, new plants, your hands, when you bring in your friends to show off your plants, and even from the air outdoors.
I’ll let you know up front, this is a pretty long read, but spider mite control should be worth the extra time. Don’t give up, and you’ll get a permanent solution to kill spider mites before they even have a chance to enter. You spend a lot of money growing and maintaining the health of your plants, what have you done today to stop one of the biggest killers of plants in indoor grow rooms?
Two things - that’s all you need to do to stop spider mites from destroying your indoor plants before they’re ready to be harvested:
- Never let anyone else into your indoor grow room, show them your incredible harvest instead, and garden naked.
- Kill spider mites before they enter.
The first one is easy to do if you’re serious about avoiding a spider mite infestation. Once your friends understand why you don’t want them in your grow room, they’ll probably do the same thing.
How do you accomplish the second one? The first two steps are a reminder, and the last step will control spider mites for your next plant cycle, and your next plant cycle, and your next….
- Isolate your mother plants before you take cuttings until you can determine if any spider mites are visible on the underside of the leaves. Since they are so tiny, use a magnifying glass and don’t rely just on your eye sight.
- If you are introducing any new plants, or any cuttings from your friend’s garden, again, isolate until you make sure there are no spider mites.
- Decontaminate and scrub the air before it comes into your indoor grow room.
Go check out your fresh air intake vents, are they clean and shiny? Of course not, they’ve got black gunk, dirt, and overall grime on them. When your exhaust fan is running, your intake vents are drawing in fresh air from outside, which is good and bad. The bad part is that they are drawing in anything that is close to the vent outdoors, whether it’s spider mites floating around or mildew spores, they’re going to get sucked right into your fresh air vent, and then right into your indoor grow room. So no matter how naked you are, you still can’t stop them from finding your plants.
Your solution to kill spider mites and control them forever is to put a 4″ UV ozone generator into the fresh air intake vent.
Those of you who have your plants in a small space, a closet, a cabinet, box or chamber need to use a timer to control the amount of ozone being distributed. Over ozoning will hurt your plants, and in a small growing area, you wouldn’t be able to avoid excessive ozone if you ran the UV ozone generator full-time.
If your indoor growing area is in a basement, attic, or a room that’s good size like 8×10, you will not have to worry about over-ozonating when you use the 4″ ozone generator.
I’m going to tell you a TRUE STORY about a commercial grower in Las Vegas. This grower contacted Scott, the owner of Blue Air Products who manufacture the Big Blue UV ozone generators, this last year to examine his growing areas that he had set up with 4″ Big Blues in the fresh air intake vents. His plants had been growing under this situation for a month, and he showed Scott just a little bit of tip burn on the plants closest to the vents. He was so unconcerned with the amount of burning that he didn’t even rotate the plants in the growing area.
Three months after his plants had been exposed to the ozone from the 4″ big blue, he had no spider mites, no mildew, no dead plants, and still no concern with the minimal tip burn on the plant leaves.
Why did he go to the “extreme’ of adding ozone to his fresh air intake vents? Because he, just like you, had nothing but problems with spider mites taking over his indoor growing areas, and as a commercial grower, it was affecting his pocketbook, a lot! He needed to find a permanent solution for spider mite control, and he found it, and it worked!
You can easily and safely use this Big Blue ozone generator as a permanent solution in your indoor grow room, and be done with worrying about spider mites. The only way you will get spider mites again is if you bring them in yourself!
In addition to this great spider mite control advantage, remember that the Big Blue UV ozone generator will also help control your plant odor, the original purpose it was manufactured for.
Sterilizing Your Indoor Grow Room
At the end of each plant cycle, you can use the UV ozone generator to sterilize every crook and cranny in your indoor grow room.
Hospitals use ozone to sterilize their operating rooms between surgeries, it’s the only thing that they know will get into corners, cracks, etc. Chlorine bleach and disinfectants just do not reach every little area of any room. For your purpose, you should use ozone to sterilize your indoor grow rooms between plant cycles. If you use it right, you will have no bugs of any sort, and no white powdery mildew affecting your new plants, unless your bring them in yourself by not remembering – no friends, grow naked.
- Clear your grow room of all living things after you harvest your plants.
- Seal all spaces, around windows, etc.
- Remove the 4″ Big Blue from the fresh air intake vent.
- Place the Big Blue in the open room and run it for 24 to 48 hours, depending on how big your grow room is.
- After you have turned the Big Blue on and left the room, seal the door on the top, sides and the bottom so that the ozone will not escape the room.
- The ozone gas will move through the room and into every crack and crevice in there that could be harboring mildew, bugs, spider mites and their breeding ground.
- At the end, your grow room will be absolutely sterilized for your next crop.
- Give the ozone a couple hours to dissipate before re-entering your growing area, do an inspection to make sure you ran the ozone generator long enough to sterilize the room.
I know this was long, but it’s also one of the major problems that all indoor growers experience. It deserves all of the time that it got, and I appreciate your sticking with me to the end.