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Purplekushkat started grow question 3 years ago
What do you use to control unwanted creatures in your tent? Currently using ladybugs and they seem to work well. Wondering what everyone else uses.
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Stick answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi @Purplekushkat! Pest prevention is an essential topic, you need a pest-prevention-strategy as soon as you plant your seedlings, during the first days. My strategy is pretty simple and consists in 3 methods: 1) I have an electric atomizer working 10min every hour to diffuse essential oils mixed with fresh water (a few drops of lemongrass, lavender, peppermint...you can find those oils in nature-stores or online). Those oils are repelling insects/pests, basically they don't like the smell of my room. 2) I spray neem-oil everyday when the light turns off, 10-12 drops of pure neem-oil mixed in a liter of temperated water, this oil is really efficient to kill/disturb/sterilize the invaders. 3) I use a dedicated foliar spray (BioBizz LeafCoat) once every 2 weeks to create a 'transparent layer' onto the leaves and to protect them from spiders/thrips/moths/miners... Since I've applied this approach, I've seen ZERO invader in my room, and believe my it was a big problem in the past. You're on the right track with ladybugs, but you could push your pest prevention strategy further by using some of these ideas :wink: I hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and happy growing :facepunch:
LongJohn420 answered grow question 3 years ago
Yep avoid over watering and after every batch clean up your tent with alcohol!
Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
I have a couple companion plants going on now, Lavender, Basil, and some lemon balm and they seem to be helping a bit. I make sure I give the tent a good wipe down with vinegar and water every few days as well to keep any funky stuff out. Good luck and happy growing! :muscle:
Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
Best way to prevent gnats is to avoid over watering, but if you already have them, cover the media with an inch of sand