| Insecticides are not very effective against the
pest that are attracted to cannabis so the best policy is to keep
them away in the first place. Outdoors this can be hard but indoors
its a little easier if you are careful.
|| The younger the plants the more prone they are
to insect attack. Plants that are not flowering can be submersed completely
in water for a few hours, This sometimes helps to kill all the pests
or will at least reduce their numbers.
|| Once a plant has been in flower for a while it
becomes sticky with its own resin. This deters a lot of insects and
stops them moving around. Even plants covered with spider mites will
be OK if they are far enough into flower.
| Keep indoor grow rooms as clean as possible, don`t
allow pets in and be careful not to bring in pests from outside in
your hair or clothing. Have an isolated quarantine area for any new
plants you bring into your garden.
|| Buying predators for pests can help in keeping
pest populations down but will never completely rid the garden of
them. The only real option to totally get rid of pests like spider
mite is to clear out everything, sterilise the area and start again.
| Inside pests like spider mite can take over and
cover a plant in a few days. They love warm, dry stagnant conditions
and with no natural predators they get a free reign to multiply like
crazy. Once you have them they are hard to get rid of.
|| Home made soap sprays can also be used before
flowering. To make them mash and strain pepper, garlic, onion, chillies
or if you can get hold of it neem and mix with a few drops of washing
up liquid. Spray all over particularly under the leaves.
|| Aphids are often farmed by ants. Keep them away
by placing your plant pots on bricks in a tray of water. This will
form a kind of moat that they can't get over. You can then remove
most of the aphids with a vacuum cleaner.