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Old July 7, 2017   #16
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Chemical miticides are pretty wicked stuff, if you look into that route. A lot of them have been banned in the US, or require a spray license.
Permethrin(synthetic but exactly the same as pyrethrin) is from chrysanthemums, works great, you can eat the fruit the next day.
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That is exactly what I was thinking.
Well, I've probably been wrong more times than I've been right...........AND.........I was not able to get neem oil, in fact, the only option I had today was Malathion. Never used it before and haven't used it yet (was waiting until this evening). What are y'all's thoughts on Malathion?
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Malathion is for whiteflies. I don't think it works on mites.
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There is one drawback about Malathion - it does smell bad.
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Malathion is for whiteflies. I don't think it works on mites.
Says it works on spider mites. Click on vegetables.
http://www.spectracide.com/solutions...ncentrate.aspx
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I don't trust labels, lol. I think it kills red spider mites, but not the other kinds. The link below talks about it wiping out natural predators of the mites.

http://extension.colostate.edu/topic...r-mites-5-507/

Malathion can aggravate some spider mite problems, despite being advertised frequently as effective for mite control.
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Here's a useful link that explains a lot about spider mites.
http://extension.colostate.edu/topic...r-mites-5-507/

Also explains that insecticide use can make the problem worse, including malathion. The mites are more prone to develop resistance than their natural predators, sadly. A real pest.

Whoops! Same link, Cole. I was reading it when you posted it.

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