*Note– all Products listed are intended for LEGAL gardening uses
These small bugs look white and almost hairy. You’ll find them crawling all over your leaves and buds. They enjoy warm temperatures and don’t tolerate the cold. Like Aphids and scales, mealybugs produce a sweet liquid known as honeydew which can cause sooty mold to grow on the leaves as well as attract ants.
Solution to Mealybugs:
Nuke em‘- This product will kill on contact, and is organic- pests can’t become immune, because it melts their exoskeleton.
Srills 420 Pest Bully – completely harmless to pets, children, and plants (works GREAT as a preventative, I recommend getting this and spraying your plant once a week even if you don’t have an infestation)
Azamax is a time-tested way to rid your grow room of spider mites. Spray plants 15 minutes before lights out, making sure to drench the foliage under the leaves as well as the top of your soil. You may want to use a spray bottle or mister. Use a fan to blow on your leaves to help things dry. Treat your room more than once, even if you believe the spider mites are gone. You can also add small amounts of Azamax when watering your plants, as it will not hurt your roots but will kill spider mites in the soil.
Spinosad Products (safe & organic) – Spinosad products are organic and unlike many other spider mite pesticides,completely harmless to pets, children, and plants. Unlike many insecticides, you can spray spinosad heavily on leaves and roots with basically no negative effects. Spinosad products can be used directly to kill spider mites on contact, but can also be used when watering plants to systematically kill spider mites via the roots. Spinosad can also be effective at fighting caterpillars, thrips, and many other pests.
Can be used both as a topical spray like Azamax and Mighty Wash, and can also be used directly at the roots.
Neem Oil though Neem oil doesn’t smell as nice and will leave an unpleasant taste/smell on fruit when used to treat flowering plants. There’s some evidence Neem oil may be harmful to humans so use with care! you will need a mister to get all the leaves evenly, especially since neem oil and water will separate easily.
Diatomaceous Earth (like Srills 420 powder bully)– Basically, this is fossil dust – sprinkle on the top of your soil, and anywhere else in your room (window sills, doorways, etc). This powder-like substance is harmless to mammals and plants, but is incredibly sharp at the microscopic level. Therefore it will tear and dehydrate spider mites on physical contact. This will not get rid of an infestation, but can help control and slow things down when used effectively.
Beneficial insects, such as lady beetles, lady bugs, and lacewings may eat large numbers of mealybugs and are welcome guests in the garden. Although you can order ladybugs to release around your plants, they tend to fly away in just a day or two. Additionally, the reproductive capability of mealybugs is so great that the impact of the natural enemies may not be enough keep mealybugs at or below acceptable levels after an infestation has already gotten started. But they definitely don’t hurt!