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How Does Your Marijuana Grower Control Pests?

marijuana pestsGrowers ask me every day “Aarr Kellz what’s your secret to controlling pest in your garden?” Well my Earthlings, here at Spaceship Earth Farms we hate pesticides. The stuff is in everything and the last place we want it is on any Cannabis we cultivate. The following is a foodgrade method of controlling bad stuff on your babies that you don’t want there. If you are asking questions like “How can I prevent floramite from eating through latex gloves when I am spraying?” then please pay attention closely and change your ways before you poison someone or something you care about.

Consider this like a baking recipe. It should pretty much be followed “to the T” with no ingredients left out or substituted.

You’ll want to start off by getting a bottle of Flying Skull “Nuke em” – The stuff is expensive, but safe and amazing. We have been using it for a couple years now without any issues. Not only is it outstanding at controlling spider mites and powdery mildew, but it is organic and made entirely with food grade ingredients that you would find in a loaf of bread. The smallest size I have seen for sale is an 8 fl. oz. concentrate that makes up to 2 gallons of ready to use spray.

Next you definitely want to invest in a Root Lowell Commercial Portable Sprayer/Atomizer if you are growing in a space bigger than 4×4. These sprayers are worth the money. They turn the Nuke em into almost a fog like mist that covers all sides of the leaf and plant surfaces it is sprayed towards. This is very useful for targeting spider mites and pest that like to hide and lay eggs on the underside hard to reach crevasses of the leaves.

I like to wait until it’s nighttime in the garden to spray the plants as I prefer to avoid interrupting the garden light cycle. . You can spray them during the daytime, but you must turn off the lights after spraying for 15-30 mins until they are dry to avoid burning.

One thing that I think is very important, but a lot of growers seem to miss, is the importance of flushing your plants with plain water before you spray them.  Make sure they get enough water to achieve a healthy run off from the pot and then let them sit at least an hour before spraying. If plant food has been slowly building up in your soil, soiless or hydro growing medium, this flushing step will help the plant from the stress of nutrient/water lockup. It will also help to hydrate the plants and prepare them for treatment while easing their stress from the initial insect or mold attack, promoting a speedy recovery.

I think it’s best to spray every 3 days if you are under attack and trying to get the garden back to a pest free condition. Spider mite eggs take about 2-3 days to hatch and mature so waiting a full week between applications if you are under attack may leave you in a constant state of war. If you hit them with 4 applications in 12 days then I think it’s safe to then switch to once a week, but you be the judge. The conditions of every garden are different.

Ultimately preventative maintenance is the key to a healthy pest-free garden. Be very clean and make sure the proper temperatures, humidity levels and air circulation are achieved and you will be ready to tackle any pest that want to try to harm your ladies.

That’s pretty much how we control them here at Spaceship Earth Farms. It is very important to us not to spray anything on a plant that we would not put in our mouths ourselves. So when you obtain your cannabis from anyone or any store, make sure you DEMAND that they tell you what the grower has sprayed on it to treat it for pest. You will be very surprised at the answers you do and do not receive.

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  • Cherokee

    People would cringe if they knew how much toxic crap is sprayed on the buds they smoke. Due to a monoculture of genetics used by some growers they must nuke the plants to ensure they harvest anything. Selective genetics and organic gardening can avoid this completely.

    • Nathaniel

      There was a very important discussion about this in one of the sessions of implementation of 91. A lead scientist quoted a figure that found a crop had 3000x the amount of EPA recommended pesticide in it.
      I hate the idea, but you need to have some regulation to make sure the products going to market are safe for folks to consume. Unfortunately it will drive the price up by adding regulation, but it has to be done to ensure the public safety.

    • Very true!

    • Bonnie Hagood

      And have you seen what they put in and on vegetables?

      • Cherokee

        Yes I have Bonnie, Thats why I only eat and grow 100% vegetables and cannabis. I am 55, I look 45 and I have never had a checkup since I was 12. I am in robust health. This is a good thing because I do not have or ever had health insurance. I believe in spending my money on preventing disease by healthy eating habits and exercise, plenty of yoga, meditation and lots of sex. I am very lucky to have a pristine water source and clean air to breath. People say that diseases run in families, this is true of genetically transferred ones, But diet’s run in families. And most diets cause health problems.

        • Cherokee

          Yes all Organic, includes meat and non GMO products. Forgot to clarify this

  • Cherokee

    Most growers do not use products like Nuke em, I know because I have run 5 massive greenhouses in Humboldt for the last 11 years. As it turns out Mr. Busey people that call others FAGGOT are homophobic and are latent homosexuals.

    • Curly

      Lets keep our personal comments out of this. Let us all grow Safe weed so we can all heal faster. Many of us don’t know what the fuck the growers are using to grow our medicines or foods! So, let’s learn from each other.
      Sometimes we are blinded by the light! :)

      • Greencherrios

        I like this article and how knowledgable and informative it is. I rather read from a well respected grower their method on producing a great natural product. I respect any grower that takes the time and dedication to grow the best kind of weed possible. The theme is “safe weed”

  • With all due respect I STRONGLY suggest you do a little research into Integrated Pest Management. It is the repeated use of a pesticide or pesticides which have the same “method(s) of action” that has led to the development of strains of pesticide resistant aka “Super” spider mites.

    • Mike

      Mites can not develop a resistance to Nuke Em. That’s why it is so amazing.

      • Really? How does it differ from every other miticide, ever?

        • Mike

          Read up on it and test it. You won’t go back. Dang Aarr Kellz let the secret out of the bag!! http://flyingskull.net/proddetail.php?prod=Nuke-em

          • I see a lot of advertising hype. I don’t see a single word which even hints at moa, nor which gives any explanation of why this wouldn’t be subject to the principles which control ALL properly designed integrated pest management programs. I like facts, not hype.

          • Based on results, often harsh yet always fair. No pest that we have encountered here in Oregon can develop a resistance to Nuke Em. This is not hype, we are not endorsed by Flying Skull in ANY WAY. We are simply putting this information out there to save the many Oregonians that will be legally allowed to grow a lot of hassle in what to use. This is simple safe and most of all FOOD GRADE. If you don’t believe us, then put it to the test…or don’t the choice is of course yours.

          • Nathaniel

            So Aarr what he is looking for is hard evidence, not anecdotal musings. That is not to say anecdotal evidence isn’t welcome, but some of us need more before we will be convinced.

            The truth is, evolution precludes the possibility of any product working indefinitely. Insects evolve far quicker than most animal families; The result of that fact is several that live through a dosing will go on to have the “immunity” to that given substance/compound. They will then pass that “immunity” along to their offspring.

            If you have a link to peer reviewed study which provides support for your assertion I would love to read it, and I think Wolf would enjoy the read as well.

          • Well said

          • This wasn’t even well-presented anecdotal proof.

          • Austin

            I have used Azamax and Fluromite as well as Ed Rosenthal’s stuff for a while. A lot of people have been trying to get me to try Nuke Em because of how safe it is. I was thinking that it would be like SNS-217, but it’s not and if something has to be sprayed in bloom that this is what I go to.

      • Still waiting on an answer. I’m sure that there are thousands of farmers and pest control specialists that would love the answer to this one.

  • Cherokee

    People like you that call people names because you do not agree with their point of view are small minded. Also your gay phobic comment usually means you are dealing with your own sexual identity. Come on out Busey we won’t judge.

  • OneMtnGirl

    Last year right before harvest we discovered that we had small bright green caterpillars crawling around and munching away on our almost done buds. they are really hard to see against the green plant as they are almost the same color. The damage was obvious though when we were trying to find them. They chewed the stems right before the bud and then started in on the buds. What can we use that will kill these pests? We aren’t sure if they are moth caterpillars or butterfly. I think they are moths, we hardly ever see any butterflies in our yard. I have looked everywhere on the web and called many nurseries without any help form either. Help please any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • felecia black

      They are caterpillows from the white buttrtflies

      • OneMtnGirl

        Hi Felecia,
        I still need someone to make some suggestions, that won’t tox out my bud, but help me to keep these moths/butterflies and their caterpillars at bay. Thanks for your comment.

    • stevewfromford

      Take a look at Actinovate. It is a biological, organic product that kills these cabbage loopers after they eat it. Must get ahead of the problem and start spraying BEFORE they show up and continue through the season. Totally harmless biological.

  • D.M

    Thanks for sharing a informative and usefuli nformation.