Homemade recipe for spraying for mites.
I found this on the Brug forum by Kasha77 and wanted to post here because I think many plumeria growers get mites when growing them inside during the winter.
A great recipe for a homemade spray to repel and smother spider mites and aphids-
In a small sauce pan, boil 2 cups of water:
2 aspirin ( kills viruses that especially affect doubles, and helps boost plant immunities against them)
2 tsps of grated garlic (the stuff in the jar is fine)
Strain the garlic / aspirin mixture and pour into a 1 quart spray bottle.
1 tbl of Canola oil ( or any veg. oil)
1/4 cup of lemon juice
2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of Dawn dish liquid
1/8 cup of alcohol
a few drops of Super thrive.
Add water to make 1 quart.
Shake well as you use it.
Water plants well first, then spray in the evening.
Personally, I wouldn't use Malathion- I think pests tend to build up a resistance / tolerance to chemicals after a while. Remember to raise the humidity by spraying your brugs- spider mites thrive in a dry environment.
I have not tried this recipe, but will probably do so in hopes of keeping them away. What I am curious about is how do people spray their plants. I've read about many people spraying them, but never really seen any postings on how they actually go about doing that. I can only imagine the mess this would make and I wouldn't want it in my house.
So lets hear from those who have sprayed for mites. Do you move the plants to the shower to spray? Do you move them outside and then bring back in? I really can't think of how I'd do this without making a real mess inside.
Here is a link that might be useful: Brug posting for mite recipe