Originally Posted by stageseven
I'm growing hops for the first time this year, and seem to have gotten a nasty spider mite infestation. I picked up a supposedly fruit and vegetable safe spray from home depot and have been blasting the plants pretty hard every couple days for the last week. I still keep seeing the things crawling all over the plants though. The spray has spider mites listed as one of the things it kills, but it really doesn't seem like it's working all that well. Maybe I'm just not getting them all each time. Is there anything else I can do that's more effective to get rid of these things?
On a happier note, I went out to spray the plants down again, and to my surprise found a praying mantis hanging out on one of the plants. I know they eat insects but will they go after something as small as a spider mite?
Spider mites are the BORG and will assimilate pretty much anything. They don't like being wet, so spraying helps. The eggs hatch in 3 days and pretty much nothing will kill the eggs, so re-treat every 3 days until the infestation is gone. Get something with Neem oil in it, that's the most gentle thing that 'might' kill them. If you are in an area that grows pot, then the little buggers will be totally resistant to Neem and you'll have to bring out the big guns chemicals like Avid, Floramite, Forbid, etc. Some of that stuff will make you sterile, so if you want babies some day you might want to wear a respirator.