Carnivorous Plants/Spider Mites

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QUESTION: Hello Guys,  I have found some red mites on my flytraps. I have treated with Avid miticide. My question is Jeff I think you informed me once about some pest strip or something like that. I can't find that info you gave me. What do you suggest along with the miticide?
Thanks

ANSWER: Hi Jason,

If you can keep the plants affected in an enclosed space No-Pest Strips can work very well with spider mites.  Here's and example:  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hot-Shot-2-29-oz-No-Pest-Insect-Strip-HG-5580-6/10000

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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QUESTION: Hey Jeff, you also gave me this about the mites. I have purchased the strip. I was thinking of bringing the flytraps in the house and sitting it in a 10 gallon tank. I could cover the top or just sit the tank upside down over the pots with the strip inside.  What do you suggest and how long do I leave it in there?
Thank you

ANSWER: Hi Jason,

About 3 days should do it.  Just watch after that to see if you get another batch, then repeat.  (Sometimes you kill the adults then eggs hatch.)

Has the Avid worked well?

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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QUESTION: The Avid does work.  I did a treatment then waited a few days and there were a few on there again.  I used 1/4 teaspoon per gallon from what I seen on flytrapcare.com.  Don't know if I should go stronger.  I also have a concern about these things developing a resistance.  I have been reading some very good things about predatory mites.  I ordered some from a local hydroponics store.  The package is called "Triple Threat" These things go after the bad mites and their eggs.

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Hi Jason,

If you try the predatory mite route you'll need to lay off of any insecticides/miticides.  Our environment is much different than yours, but we found here that when certain tropical plants such as Plumeria or Ti got spider mites, we would have to control them some in the winter, but as soon as we moved them outside the mites started to vanish in a couple of weeks.  Turns out that we have plenty of wild spider mite predators outdoors such as predatory mites and Pirate bugs.  An infested plant was just ringing the dinner bell!

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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