HOW TO IDENTIFY CYCLAMEN MITES IN CANNABIS

Cyclamen mites are pretty much like broad mites although they’re slightly bigger and move a lot slower than the latter. They are usually yellowish and transparent and have a more waxy body. Their eggs are smooth and more apt to be found hidden in folds of plant tissue.

Cyclamen mites like to hide in buds or tips of new growth. They avoid light and prefer high humidity and cool temperatures. As cyclamen mites feed off your cannabis plants, they secrete and inject a toxic growth regulator.Symptoms of cyclamen mite feeding include leaf distortion or twisting, bronzing, and curling. Leaves may appear wrinkled, brittle, and rough. Heavily infested plants are stunted, with small leaves that eventually turn brown to silver. Flower buds may not open properly or completely abort.

 Overall growth is underdeveloped while new growth can blacken and die. Cyclamen mite infestation resembles herbicide damage or it could also be confused with a viral disease or micronutrient deficiency.

ORGANIC PEST CONTROL FOR CANNABIS CYCLAMEN MITES

Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control in Beaverton, Oregon has successfully eradicated and prevented cyclamen mites and other cannabis bugs in dozens and dozens of commercial and backyard grows for many years now. Not only does Ryan, our master technician get rid of those nasty cannabis pests—he’ll also teach your team the secrets to yielding 200% more high-quality buds for each of your harvests!

GETTING RID OF CYCLAMEN MITES STARTS WITH PROPER SANITATION

Whether you’re growing cannabis commercially or as a hobby, sanitation is the first most important factor to keeping cyclamen mites as well as other cannabis bugs out of your grow space. For this reason, I always start off sanitizing grow rooms with my proprietary building spray consisting of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar (ACV). Both active ingredients are highly acidic and I can actually see the acid eating through the soft exoskeleton of cannabis bugs using my state-of-the-art Dino-Lite digital microscope hooked up to my tablet or computer. With my tested formulation, your grow space should be cleared of all mites and pests nestled deep in cracks and crevices of your building as well as other cannabis bugs that may be floating in the air.

While keeping a sanitary grow space will reduce your odds of encountering a pest infestation during your grow cycles, cyclamen mites are nasty microscopic creatures that can easily find their way into your grow room. Your best option would be to adopt an organic pest control program to address and prevent cyclamen mite infestations up until harvest time and even beyond. Considering that pest control for cannabis is regulated by safety standards and practices, organic is the best way to go when choosing treatment methods to eradicate cyclamen mites and other cannabis bugs.

ORGANIC SPRAY TREATMENTS TO ERADICATE AND PREVENT CANNABIS CYCLAMEN MITES

For organic spray treatments to work effectively, their main purpose should be to disrupt the life cycle of cyclamen mites, including their capability to breed. You have to take into account at what stage you run into a cyclamen mite infestation because treatments vary across different stages of the cannabis plant life cycle. In short, treatments for cyclamen mites are not the same during growth stage, budding, flowering, and pre-harvest.

Also, results rely heavily on mix ratios and the type of spray method you use. I do not recommend the traditional hand or pump sprayers you get at home depots or gardening supply stores. Instead you should be using a cold-fogging atomizer for full coverage. Traditional sprayers won’t distribute your spray treatments fully and evenly—besides, an atomizer is one of the first things you should invest in if you’re growing crops as sensitive as cannabis.

Get a 2-3 gallon 1200-watt atomizer at the very least. You can easily purchase one via Amazon and I suggest you get the backpack model because it’s more user-friendly and gives you more room to use your hands freely while spraying. Also make sure to use complete personal protective equipment (PPE) which should consist of a Tyvek suit with gloves, full-face mask with replaceable filter cartridges, and full-cover ear protection.

ROUTINE SPRAYING TO GET RID OF CYCLAMEN MITES

 

For cyclamen mite infestations during the vegetative growth stage, I recommend spraying your cannabis plants with Azadirachtin every 3-5 days. Azadirachtin is an extract of the Neem tree fruit and works as an antifeedant and insect growth regulator (IGR) that disrupts the process of metamorphosis. It also has sterilant actions that will prevent reproduction and stop mite breeding cycles. Use the minimum ratio of 0.5-1 ounce Azadiracthin per gallon of water throughout your treatment program—AzaMax is my favorite brand among all commercially available azadirachtin products.

Next, you need to incorporate a minimum risk, organic pesticide with your Azadirachtin spray treatments. There is a wide range to choose from but here are my top choices including their recommended mix rate per gallon of water. I highly suggest you rotate-use these products with every spray treatment to prevent any resistance buildup.

EVERGREEN PYRETHRUM

(10 ml/gallon)

Except for EverGreen Pyrethrum, all of these minimum risk pesticides are oil-based, which makes them so effective because oil kills cyclamen mites and other cannabis bugs in all their life stages. Take note, however, that mites are quick to build up resistance, so it’s best to use each product no more than once after every 4 sprays with AzaMax. Again, I’ve seen the best results when I rotate-use these pesticide sprays to prevent any chances of resistance buildup.

Cost-saving tip: While Trifecta Crop Control seems to be a favorite among many, it can be a bit too pricey. I’ve seen equally great results when using Organocide at 5% the cost for each application!

SAMPLE SPRAY TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR CYCLAMEN MITES

Rotate spray every 4 days using the following formulations:

After the 3rd spray, there should be no cyclamen mites or bugs if you were meticulous enough—thorough spraying for full coverage and regular inspection of your crop using the Dino-Lite digital microscope.

With the bugs gone, continue to do preventative spraying using SNS 209 at a mix rate of ½ oz per gallon of water.

 

OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE SPRAYING FOR CYCLAMEN MITES

It takes more than just having the proper organic spray treatments to successfully eradicate cyclamen mites from cannabis. One very important point to remember—NEVER SPRAY WITH THE LIGHTS ON if you have artificial lights directly above your cannabis plants. These liquid spray formulations are photo-sensitive and act like a lens that will amplify heat from your light source. As a result, you can get leaf burns so it’s always best to do spraying with the lights off.

Proper monitoring is also crucial, so make sure to inspect your plants twice a week using the Dino-Lite digital microscope. Nothing else does the job better than this handheld high-powered microscope that connects to any computer or tablet and lets you see if your treatments are working effectively to eradicate cyclamen mites and prevent a future infestation.

WHEN TO STOP SPRAY TREATMENTS

This series of organic spray treatment using Azadirachtin rotated with any of the other pesticides I mentioned can be carried out until a little after buds have formed and flowers have started emerging.

Stop any spraying as you enter the 3rd week of flowering and switch to heat treatment to get rid of any remaining cyclamen mites in your grow. Heat up your grow room to 120°F using propane heaters for about 40 minutes once per week. Your grown cannabis plants are already able to withstand these temperatures and the heat will kill cyclamen mites in whatever life stage they’re in.

 

WHEN TO STOP SPRAY TREATMENTS

cannabis flowering stageThis series of organic spray treatment using Azadirachtin rotated with any of the other pesticides I mentioned can be carried out until a little after buds have formed and flowers have started emerging.

Stop any spraying as you enter the 3rd week of flowering and switch to heat treatment to get rid of any remaining cyclamen mites in your grow. Heat up your grow room to 120°F using propane heaters for about 40 minutes once per week. Your grown cannabis plants are already able to withstand these temperatures and the heat will kill cyclamen mites in whatever life stage they’re in.

WHY PROFESSIONAL CANNABIS PEST CONTROL SERVICE IS BETTER THAN DIY

Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control procures all the best organic pest control treatments in bulk which translates to huge savings for our clients. We are also equipped with all the tools and gadgets such as cold-fogging atomizers, state-of-the art Dino-Lite digital microscopes, and the required personal protective equipment (PPEs). You’ll be paying less for our professional pest control services as it will be more expensive for you to be buying these same products, tools and gadgets yourself.

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That is why it is always best to consult with an organic pest control expert like Ryan at Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control in Beaverton, Oregon to successfully eradicate or prevent a cyclamen mite infestation in your cannabis operations. Not only will I eradicate cyclamen mites and other cannabis pests; as an added bonus, I will also train your team on how to yield 200% more buds of higher quality per harvest!

Give Ryan a call today to book a free consultation or to schedule an onsite assessment and put an end to your endless worries about broad mites and other cannabis pests!

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BIOLOGY AND LIFE CYCLE OF CYCLAMEN MITES

Cyclamen mites measure 0.2 mm to about 0.25 mm long and are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Adults are oval in shape, have four pairs of legs and look like small spiders. Depending on the stage of development, the color of cyclamen mites varies from yellow to brown at maturity. Females are slightly larger than their male counterparts, the latter being shorter and broad with their hind legs ending in a kind of hook.

A female cyclamen mite lays around 30 eggs in her lifetime, each hatching into milky white and translucent larvae in four to eight days.  After molting once, larvae inch up towards young leaves and buds where they go into the nymph stage in another four days or more. Nymphs remain motionless, then turn into adults after 8 to 10 days. Adult cyclamen mites may live from 10 to 30 days.

Reproduction in cyclamen mites may be asexual to a large extent, as females can lay both fertilized and unfertilized eggs. Male cyclamen mites only show up during the summer when the development cycle is really fast. With the warmer weather, it can take as little as 10 days for a generation to go from larva to adult. This results in a higher number of cyclamen mite generations in one year (usually 8-10). It is also during the summer when cyclamen mite infestations bring about the most damage.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WHERE CYCLAMEN MITES THRIVE

Cyclamen mites thrive best in temperatures ranging from 59 – 72ºF and a relative humidity of about 80 – 100%. They shun light at all developmental stages, which explains why you won’t see them in plant parts that are directly exposed to sunlight. Instead, you’ll find them in young leaves, flower buds and flowers so their bodies won’t dry out. Cyclamen mites die when relative humidity is below 70%.

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF CYCLAMEN MITES

Regular inspection is key to preventing cyclamen mites from infesting cannabis as they can show up at any stage of the plant cycle. Precautionary measures include reducing humidity to around 60 – 75% so the grow environment becomes unattractive to these bugs on marijuana plants. Temperature levels should remain between 68 – 78ºF. Go low on nitrogenous or potassium manure, as they promote fertilization and prolong the life expectancy of cyclamen mites.

Spraying cannabis plants with insecticidal soap or miticides containing Abamectin as the active ingredient can also provide effective control of cyclamen mites. Predator insects may also be used for biological control of cyclamen mite infestations. Phytoseiulus persimilis and Amblyseius californicus especially love to feed on these cannabis pests, so introducing them to your grow space will prove to be beneficial in controlling and eradicating cyclamen mites.

If predatory mites are to be used, it is critical to release them at the first sign of a cyclamen mite infestation. Unlike the use of miticides which deliver instantaneous effects, it will take a bit of time for beneficial insects to control infestations.

Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control in Beaverton, Oregon can help you take care of cyclamen mites in your marijuana plants. It doesn’t matter if you’re raising a few pots in your backyard grow tent or running a large-scale cannabis grow operation. Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control has all the knowledge, skills and equipment to tackle cyclamen mites and other common bugs in your marijuana plants!

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