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Posted:  04 Aug 2011 19:57  
Many years ago used Safer Soap, also tried out the HOT pepper wax spray. What's the latest greatest, if anything since way back when? Or is safer soap still used as only alternative to conventional pesticides for spot treatment on containerized office plants? Any one use Ivory dish soap these days with any sucess at all?
Trying to get current on the Mite fight to come,
Posted:  04 Aug 2011 23:35  
Mites have seemingly become less common a problem on interior foliage from Florida, in part due to a new generation of chemical classes designed to fight the mite at the egg, juvenile and reproductive stages.  There is even a new systemic miticide/insecticide called Kontos on the market that can be used on many types of interior foliage plants, with some notable exceptions and cautions.  See the product label for details:

http://www.ohp.com/Labels_MSDS/PDF/kontos_lab ... (see page 4 for varietal cautions)

This product is labeled for use in interiorscapes, so if you're licensed to apply pesticides in interiorscapes in your jurisdiction, it may be of value to you.  Be careful not to "fall in love" with any one product, though, because you could unwittingly create resistance to it and render it useless in the future.

There is also the potential for using predatory mites to fight infestations in their early stages.  Look into a good supplier of beneficials in your part of the country.

Posted:  26 Jan 2012 18:50  
We talked about using neem oil in class. Seems to work on a variety of pests and even some plant diseases. What do you think, Clem?
Posted:  26 Jan 2012 19:23  
Neem oil works, but it smells like hell to most people.  It's okay outdoors, but inside a home or building it's unpleasant.  Not likely to pass muster with the average property manager or office manager, I'd think.

If the infestation isn't too severe, try predatory mites.  They will quickly clean up an infestation that hasn't gone thermonuclear.

Posted:  10 Nov 2014 21:39  
Here's a great blog post by The Buglady about dealing with spider mites.

http://www.newprocontainers.com/blog/identify ...
Posted:  11 Nov 2014 03:28  
Don't forget that insecticidal soap, horticultural spray oil and Neem oil are all registered pesticides in the USA, and you need to be properly licensed to use them in your accounts and even as a private applicator on your own premises (greenhouse, warehouse, nursery yard, etc.) in many states.  Just because they're considered "biorational" pest control products doesn't make them exempt from the laws and regulations governing commercial pesticide applications.  These do differ from state to state, so check with your state's appropriate licensing and enforcement department for details on how to be legal.  Anything with an EPA Reg. No. on the label is considered a pesticide.

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