Cannabis growing requires a lot of work and requires constant attention to many significant details. One of these details is fighting pests. Even the most experienced growers may face a pest outbreak; you should always be ready to stop the pests before they get to your plants. Our marijuana grow guide will easily help you to get rid of such nasty cannabis admirers as spider mites, fungus gnats and root aphids.
There are some general tips for cannabis growers, who want their plants to be healthy and free of pests. If you are a beginner, you should stick to these easy rules to protect marijuana plants against their enemies and keep your cannabis away from harm.
The first basic rule is to check if your grow room is completely and tightly sealed. In case you notice that there are some gaps or cracks, do not hesitate and caulk them or use a spray foam to fill them. Do not forget to seal all the windows and doors with the joint sealing. It is also important to provide all the air inlets with filters.
Secondly, take care of your clothing. Do not wear the same clothes outside the grow room and inside. The thing is, the pests we are talking about today can easily stay on your clothes, get into the growing room, and infect your plants. Moreover, for this very reason, do not ever let your pets enter the grow room.
The third important rule here is to practice proper hygiene and good sanitation. Make sure all the equipment you use is sterile. Always wash your hands, your tools, and the containers you use. Do not forget to remove all the plant debris from the grow room as soon as possible. Overall, provide your future plants with the tender care they deserve.
However, if you happened to notice that your marijuana plant is plagued with spider mites, fungus gnats, and root aphids, do not panic. Our cannabis grow guide here outlines the most efficient ways to detect and destroy them all.
First, lets us talk about spider mites—a common type of annoying pests that often occur in marijuana gardens. Spider mites can pose a significant threat to you cannabis. You can easily identify spider mites by using a magnifying glass and comparing what you see with the images on the Internet. Spider mites are the miniscule arachnids that are less than 1 millimeter in size. They usually inhabit the underside of the marijuana leaves, make small holes in them, and suck out the plant juice. You will hardly notice them with the naked eye, because individual spider mites are very small and may vary in color. Nevertheless, the infected leaves will reveal these tiny buggers. In case you see some little white dots on the top surface of the leaves or even little webs on your plant, it is time to beat an alarm.
Fungus gnats look like small mosquitoes. They are usually black or gray and have long legs. It is rather hard to notice their larvae because they are white or transparent. These tiny pests live in the growing medium of the plant and feed on roots, organic substances, and fungus. Actually, the adult fungus gnats are not as harmful as their larvae. Fungus gnat infestation may result in pale foliage and loss of vigor.
Root aphids are the most dangerous pests on our list because they are very difficult to eliminate. These small insects feed on plant roots. They may vary in color and are approximately 1 millimeter in size. It is quite interesting that some growers confuse them with fungus gnats because some adult root aphids are able to grow wings. These tiny pests are very harmful to the cannabis plants. The presence of root aphids can lead to roots yellowing and swelling and result in poor yield.