Every Spring seems to
bring with it a large number of enquiries regarding the control of bugs,
especially spider mites.
Spider mites, thrips,
the most common insects to be attracted to an indoor garden.
All the above images are courtesy of the University of Kentucky.
These pests can be a problem all year round but seem to become a large
problem in the Spring as temperatures increase. The higher
temperatures increase the breeding rates of these pests which often leads
to an infestation. Mites and other pests can be present in small
populations in the winter and be barely noticeable to the gardener unless
they have been checking the undersides of the leaves where most insects
like to feed and hang around. The above scenario is more likely to
be the case than, "All of a sudden I have a mite infestation!, never
had them before."
It is essential to establish
a regular prevention program for pest and diseases. Part of pest
prevention is maintaining a clean and orderly growroom. Get
rid of dead leaves and try to keep from overcrowding plants. Congested
and crowded growrooms act as a haven and breeding ground for bugs.
Make sure to pretreat any
new plants that are to be introduced to the growroom. There is no
sense in carrying pests and their larvae right into the growroom.
When problem plants are being
treated remember to be thorough. Two or three sprays of a pyrethrum
based product will not eradicate all of the pests. It is best to
use a spray over a period of 21-28 days, depending on the life cycle of
Another preventative measure
is to lower temperature. This will slow the breeding rate of most
problem insects and help photosynthesis(leading to an increased growth and
For more info. on pest and
disease from our catalogue link
For biological control
of insects through the use of predatory insects call for more info. toll
free at 1-877-615-9654.