Mite-Rid: a completely Organic Miticide
Spider mites destroy plant cells by sucking out their contents, and Mite-Rid works by providing a barrier which is harmless to the plant, but fatal to the mites. Some of the components of Mite-Rid are also absorbed by the plant and then suppress the life cycle of the mites.
Mite-Rid uses a unique formula of botanical oils, including neem, garlic, eucalyptus plus surfactants to provide a protective barrier against many leaf eating pests, and most effectively, the Spider Mite.
The main active ingredient from neem oil, is a a limonoid called azadirachtin which has the steroids campesterol, beta-sitosterol, and stigmasterol. These interrupt the normal hormonal balance of mites, suppressing thier reproductive cycle. The neem oil used in Mite-Rid is cold pressed, as only oil of this quality will contain these steroids.
Mite-Rid is a fully bio-degradable miticide, is not toxic to animals, and under normal use will not affect the plant's metabolism. Highly effective against two-spotted and red mites, Mite-Rid is also reporting success with Eriophyid mites such as the "Fuschia Gall Mite" which is endemic to parts of California and also known as the "Mendo" or "Mendocino mini". Also takes care of mealy bugs, fungus gnats, scarid flies, and aphids.
Mite-Rid comes in a concentrate form, and the 45ml bottle mixes with water to make 18 litres (32.7 pints) of mite killing spray.
One thorough application is usually enough, but heavy infestations may require two, as the tiny eggs can be a bit more resilient; so we recommend a second application in these cases. (Note: It is advisable not to use Mite-Rid in conjunction with biological controls like predatory mites!)
Prevention is better than cure
They say prevention is better than cure, and just a little Mite-Rid goes a long way to preventing mite infestation. A periodic spray with Mite-Rid will reduce your chances of ever seeing your plants suffering an attack of spider mites.
Remember, when it's hot, and dry, mites are just a gentle breeze away from your plants, and they usually go undetected until they've multiplied to plague proportions. Just one spray every few weeks in the hottest season will help to protect your crop from this near invisible pest.
Whether you're an indoor grower, greenhouse grower, hydroponic grower, or outdoor grower, sooner or later the mites will find you!
For standard use: 1 tsp per gallon of water applied thoroughly once a week
For Hydro: 1/2 tsp per gallon applied during feeding and changout
For immediate salt break out: 3 tsp per gallon of water applied thoroughly once a day for 3 days