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With the recent seasonal increase in temperature and unfortunately the continuing wet weather, gardeners will be experiencing a rise in numbers of the most common indoor/greenhouse pests. The general temperature increase combined with grow-room heat and higher than seasonally average humidity, makes ideal living and egg-laying conditions for our most troublesome grow room pests. This means that you should be paying particular attention to temperature and humidity control within the grow room.

Red Spotted Spider Mite

Red Spotted Spider Mites thrive at this time of year, and numbers can increase explosively if not spotted early enough or are left untreated. For killing the your  number one enemy, we recommend Plant Vitality+ Plus. Not only will  this product kill the adult Spider Mite, it will also kill the egg, and the larvae. Another benefit of this product is that it is formulated with a stress-relieving growth enhancer that will help your plants recover from the stress of the Spider Mite’s attack.

Blown up image of a Red Spotted Spidermite

Fungus Gnat (Sciarid Fly)

Also at this time of year, Fungus Gnats (Sciarid Fly) numbers can also increase explosively for the same reasons as above. This is a particular concern to you if you are using soil or coco (coir) as the chosen growing medium. Initially the adult Fungus Gnat causes little problem in the grow room until they lay their eggs. This is when the problem starts! Once the Fungus Gnat larvae have left it’s egg, it will then make it’s way through your growing medium eating your plant-roots which the damage can then cause rapid root rot (Pythium). To combat the adult Fungus Gnat, we recommend sticky traps; and to kill the Fungus Gnat larvae, we recommend Gnat Off. If Fungus Gnats have already caused damage to the root system (tell tale sign – a nasty rotting smell from the base of the pot) of your favourite plants, we also recommend Guard’n'Aid Rot Stop (Roots).

Blown up image of a Fungus Gnat