Not yours maybe. It works for me and is widely labelled for both red spider mite and flat mite. Unfortunately resistance is widespread, and resistance to one organophosphate such as Malathion usually means resistance to all of them. Rotate between miticides in different groups, although that's hard when there are none left on the market! Don't neglect non-systemic sprays for quickly knocking down visible infestations.Martin wrote:Dimethoate does not work on red spider mites
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If you have an outbreak of mites (flat or red spider) on newly acquired plants and the rest of your collection is mite free, it is worth trying to eliminate the mites entirely with one of the contact sprays based on plant oils, as resistance to the spray is not apparent, so if you repeat spraying at appropriate intervals for the life cycle of the mites, you can eradicate the population and keep your collection mite free. Spraying with anything else is pretty much useless to eradicate mites, as resistance to all acaricides (legal and illegal) is now very widespread.
If you have occasional outbreaks in your main population you'd be better off using predatory mites to keep the numbers down low enough for damage to be minimal. Preventive spraying is a very good way to encourage resistance in pest populations and encourages serious pest outbreaks at it kills off any natural predator populations. Phytoseilius works for Tetranychus (but not Brevipalpus), and Amblyseius cucumeris works for Brevipalpus. Of course you have to ditch the sprayer, but think of the money you will save not to mention the benefit to your own health!
And please stop with the idea that humidity helps reduce the population of mites! Tetranychus mites dont like being sprayed with water much, but Brevipalpus, which is the commonest mite I have seen in cactus and succulent collections, thrives in humid environments, and will happily infest orchids and bromeliads. Humidity however does help the predatory mites get a foothold.