Liquid Ladybug Vs Spider Mites

May 23rd, 2014   •   Comments Off   

Liquid Ladybug Means No Spider Mites

Gardeners know that there are plenty of pests that can completely destroy both crops and plant life alike. One of those pests is the spider mite, a prolific little insect that overwhelms a garden with its sheer numbers. Ensuring your garden has no spider mites means controlling the reproductive cycle of the colony before it gets out of hand. Liquid Ladybug Spider Mite Killer is the most effective way to rid your garden of these pests safely, and without the use of chemical pesticides.

Two Spotted Adult Spider Mites, Nymphs & Eggs

Two Spotted Adult Spider Mites, Nymphs & Eggs

Preventing Reproduction is the Key

Spider Mites are very small and susceptible to predators like ladybugs, so they rely on “mass production” for colony survival. In fact, a single healthy adult can lay enough eggs to produce a second generation of spider mites capable of producing 1 million additional eggs – in less than a month! At this incredible rate of reproduction, it’s common for a garden to be overwhelmed with spider mites in a very short amount of time. Hot, dry conditions can exacerbate the problem, reducing incubation time from 40 days to just five.

By preventing adult spider mites from laying new eggs, colonies will effectively dwindle on their own until they are completely eradicated. Having a garden with no Spider Mites is simply a matter of stopping the adults from laying eggs. Rather than using harmful pesticides strong enough to kill off both adult and the egg, Liquid Ladybug only goes after the adults without harming the plant or altering the taste of crops.

All-Natural Ingredients Means Liquid Ladybug is Safe

Liquid Ladybug is the safest and most effective way to ensure a garden with no Spider Mites. The product contains only all-natural ingredients which mean it’s safe for you, your pets, and your plants themselves. The aromatic oils and esters in Liquid Ladybug work by suffocating adult spider mites and destroying their digestive systems.

When sprayed directly on the colony the oil adheres to the body of the adult spider mite which is unable to remove it. The substance is absorbed into the insect’s body, all the way to the digestive system, and destroys the digestive tract while at the same time suffocating the pest. Once the adults are eradicated, and no more eggs can be produced, it’s simply a matter of waiting for a few days until the next round of hatchlings and then applying Liquid Ladybug again.

One of the added bonuses of Liquid Ladybug is the fact that the spider mite does not adapt to the all-natural ingredients the same way it does to chemical pesticides. Chemical adaptation means there are only a few pesticides that have proven effective against spider mites. But even at that, they require continued application which can negatively affect vegetation. Liquid Ladybug can be used safely from the time of germination all the way up to harvest, without any adverse effects. Simply put, Liquid Ladybug the best way to make sure you have a garden with no Spider Mites.

Image Citation:
UGA1325020 – Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Liquid Ladybug Spider Mite Spray Flower Safety Test

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Liquid Ladybug™ is the first and only spider mite spray that can be used on flowers. Liquid Ladybug™ has been formulated to be so gentle to plant tissue that flowering and reproductive parts of plants are unaffected by application. This new feature allow for use all the way through and up to harvest. The rapid evaporation also prevents residue from forming and keeps flowers as fresh as before application.

Spider Mites on Houseplants

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So you’ve taken all the precautions, you’ve been diligent in a checking your plants, and you even treated your greenery with a miticide last month. Yet despite all of that, you’re now beginning to see the signs of a new spider mite infestation.

What to do? Relax.

Finding spider mites on houseplants does not necessarily mean the end of the world. All you need is the right product and a good strategy, and you can be mite free in a relatively short amount of time.

Spider mites are invasive little creatures that are merely a nuisance to homeowners. But they can be devastating to farmers and horticulturists if they are allowed to do their dirty work unchecked. In order to keep them from being a problem in your garden or home, there are some things you need to do:

+ Learn to recognize the warning signs
+ Separate infested plants
+ Treat the infestation
+ Carry on with follow-up treatments for future prevention

The Warning Signs

A good number of people who suffer from serious spider mite infestations claim they knew all of the warning signs before yet were still unsuccessful in preventing a full-scale infestation. That may very well be true for many of them. But others only know what to look for after the spider mite infestation has gotten out of control. There are early warning signs that can be used to identify an infestation while still in its early stages.

Since spider mites are so incredibly small, they’re very hard to see and identify in the early stages of an infestation. But by using the simple “white paper” test you can determine very quickly whether or not you have them. For this test all you’ll need is a piece of plain white paper to hold under plant leaves while you gently tap the stem. If you have any dark specks that fall of the paper and begin to move around, you’ll know that they are spider mites. Any specks that drop the paper but do not move are probably just dirt. When you do find infested plants you should separate them from the other healthy plants in your home or garden.

Treating the infestation

You have several options for treating spider might infestation. The two most common are commercial miticides or an all-natural product like Liquid Ladybug. Miticides can be effective, but they can also be dangerous to plants and animals, and they tend to be more expensive. With a substance like Liquid Ladybug, you’re getting a safe product as effective in bringing down a spider mite infestation costing you an arm and a leg.

Preventative treatments make the success rate of Liquid Ladybug and similar products very high. After you have rid yourself of the initial infestation, a follow-up application once a week will prevent spider mites from returning.

So remember, spider mites on houseplants can be dealt with very easily. Get your Liquid Ladybug today and take the fight to the mite.

Treating Spider Mites on Roses

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How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Roses

For many home horticulturists, roses are one of the most beautiful plants to have around the house. But like any foliage, they are susceptible to the feared spider mite; an invasive species that seems to do very well in the same environments where roses thrive. If your rose bushes do experience a spider mite infestation you must be diligent, but careful, in order to rid yourself of these pests. There are several methods you can use in combination to solve the problem.

Plenty of Water

Spider mites reproduce and spread most readily in areas where temperatures are above 70°F and moisture is low. That’s why areas like Texas, Arkansas, and Southern California have such a high incidence of spider mite infestations. One of the simplest things you can do to stave off an infestation is to regularly water your roses and keep the surrounding soil damp. In especially warm environments you should use plenty of mulch in order to hold moisture in.

When you water your roses make sure you thoroughly soak all of the leaves and stems. Petals are not as much of a problem, although they can be, because spider mites prefer to live on the undersides of leaves. By making sure leaves and stems are soaked you will be washing away mites, their eggs, and any invitation for the pests to return. Also be sure to water first thing in the morning and in the early evening so as to allow your plants to drive before sundown.

Treatment Application

The second part of the program involves either a miticide or a natural substance in a multi-part treatment plan. There are several miticides known to work with roses, but they can have unintended consequences. For example, some miticides kill other insects as well, which results in the loss of the mite’s natural predators. Miticides can also be damaging if used during the flowering stage.

With an all-natural treatment, such as Liquid Ladybug Spider Mite Spray, you have a substance that works equally well without posing the added dangers.

Apply your treatment at the first signs of infestation in order to kill the adult spider mites. Then, to interrupt the breeding cycle and bring the infestation to an end, you’ll need to apply another treatment on the following day. One final treatment 6 days later should completely obliterate the current round of spider mites. After that, a follow-up treatment every month or so will do the trick.

Diligence

The last part of your treatment plan involves being diligent to regularly check your roses for new spider mite arrivals. You’re looking for dark specks that resemble dirt or rust as well as fine, silk-like webs spun between the leaves and stems.

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites Using Liquid Ladybug Organic Spider Mite Killer.

At the first sign of spider mites follow the previous two steps in order to keep an infestation from getting out of hand. With the combination of these three things, your roses will be as beautiful as ever – and mite free to boot!

Early Detection of Spider Mites

July 7th, 2011   •   Comments Off   

Early detection is the key to successful treatment and nowhere is this more evident than in the control of spider mites. Spider mites are prolific little pests that are found in every corner of the world, damaging crops, household plants and ornamentals daily. The peak season for mites is during the hottest and driest months of the summer and year round indoors.

Most farmers are already well versed in these pests and know full well how to deal with them. The same cannot be said about many home gardeners. So for us new farmers, a successful plan to kill mites require early detection and diligence. This starts with a daily examination of all your plants by simply turning over the leaves and observing what you see. You’re looking for specific signs that tell you spider mites have arrived on the scene.

What to Look For

In the earliest stages all you should notice are little dark specks on the underside of your plant leaves. The protection of the underside of leaves makes a perfect home for spider mites to begin their feeding frenzy. Female spider mites, which caused the majority of the problem, aggressively lay eggs as they move around the plant. Since the eggs are one tenth the size of a mite you probably won’t see them with the naked eye but you should see the tiny little dark specks that are mites.

To confirm a spider mite infestation without magnification, simply hold a plain piece of white paper underneath the plant and gently tap on the leaves. If those in dark specks are indeed spider mites, they will fall to the paper where they can be more easily identified.

As an infestation progresses you should notice several other things. First and foremost is a general discoloration then tiny white dots scattered over the leaf upper surface. As the infestation advances you will also notice fine silk like webbing and ‘tenting’ on foliage. In the most advanced stages of the infestation you will clearly see entire sections of a plant void of any color and vitality. Hopefully, you can catch and treat any infestation before it reaches this point.

How to Treat Spider Mites

The first form of treatment we typically think of is a chemical miticide. While these are effective in killing adult spider mites on contact, they’re not always the best option and can leave toxic residue on the plant and greenhouse. A better solution is to use an organic treatment such as Liquid Ladybug that leaves no residue. Organic treatments are made from botanical oils which penetrate the soft body of the spider mite or inhaled into the body to stop the respiratory and digestive systems.

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites Using Liquid Ladybug Organic Spider Mite Killer.

The biggest reason why this type of treatment is most successful is because it stops all living hatched mites without damaging the plant. When eggs begin to rip open due to the expanding nymph mite outgrowing its egg sac, (usually two or three days before the hatching process is complete), you have a perfect opportunity to destroy the nymphs before they come fully out of their eggs before they start eating.   In doing so, you shutdown the reproductive cycle preventing new eggs to be laid and provide a window of time to remove all the rest of the remaining eggs; which, if left untreated, would re establish the colony female.