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1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 6:52 PM


They have spider mites. We have tried sprays, sevin dust (10%), and nothing is working. Gorgeous tomatoes but now the leaves are croaking. Any home remedies out there???????

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 7:15 PM

Other than trying to spray them with some vegetable oil (about 2 tablespoons per gallon of water) and then following up a week later with a solution of Dawn dish liquid sprayed on them and repeating the process for a few weeks I really don't know. I had to do that a few years ago when I grew some vegetables and they got eat up with aphids. It worked just as well as the insecticidal soaps I think. You could give it a try and see if it works, other than that I have no clue.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 6107)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 8:08 PM

Marsha, Ralph, has had a garden several years, and he sprays liquid malathon on the plants! He says it works for him!


1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 9:08 PM

Thanks, Marilyn, I will get that tomorrow. Our tomatoes are big as my fist and so very good.....I hate to lose out to a silly little spider mite. We brought a leaf in and shook it over a piece of paper...several of the little fools started crawling around. They went to a watery death down the toilet!

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 9:28 PM

You are going to say this sounds funny, but pee on them.

As far as I know, it won't help the mites, but you have to admit, it does sound funny.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 9:40 PM

Wait Wait Wait!!!

Try listening to Howard Garrett (The Dirt Doctor) "The Natural Way
on the radio in Dallas. You do want to make sure you don't put something toxic on plants that are already bearing fruit.

Dallas/Fort Worth area from Saturdays 11:00AM – Noon on KSKY News Talk 660AM andSunday morning from 8:00AM – 11:00AM central time in Dallas/Fort Worth.

His answer on his website is:

"Spider-mite infestation is a clear sign that water is not effectively being pulled up by the roots or moving into the plant. The problem can be caused by too much or too little water, chemically imbalanced soil, compacted soil or other environmental issues.

Liquid-seaweed spray is highly effective to rid plants of spider mites. In fact, it works as well as or better than chemicals. Most mixtures that contain seaweed also will work.

However, the mites will reinfest unless you correct the problem that invited them in the first place."

He's also a big believer in using DE - Diatomaceous Earth

"Diatomaceous earth is a product that has been used for at least 50 years to control insects in dry environments, fed to animals to rid internal parasites and serve as a natural trace mineral amendment to pet and livestock food. It also works as an internal detox material for animals."

(This is what I use everywhere to fight insects in my backyard because of my pets - and you can even put it in your pet's food to keep them pest-free - like to keep flies off a wound. My daughter-in-law started putting it in the horses' feed and it cut way down on flies bothering them. The animals don't even notice it.)

Anyway - since it's safe for animals, it's certainly safe to put on your tomato plants.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 9:44 PM

Perhaps effective, but not funny.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 10:19 PM

Well, try this - off subject though.

My son learned that the best way to train a horse to bond to one person as owner/trainer is to urinate in the horse's food.

I know it sounds gross - but professionals say it's tried and true.

So he tried it. worked well. They worked together brilliantly.

But the day came he wanted to give this horse to his wife for barrel racing. (Her beloved horse died of some lung disease unexpectedly and she was devastated.) As a racer, she wanted to have the horse cut so she could train and control him easier, where previously they had planned to stud him out.

My son started ignoring the horse, trying to get it to bond with his wife. She, of course, being a horsewoman and above such things, refused to do as my son had with the food.

The horse's personality changed - he became totally depressed and didn't work at ALL in training for barrels.

Eventually, my daughter-in-law gave up and gave him back to my son.

The horse IMMEDIATELY changed back to the happy, well-behaved horse he had been, thrilled to have his original master back.

Sadly, he no longer could be used to stud and I only have 2 great-grandhorses from him, when he could have been quite a source of income.

But - apparently urination works a little TOO well.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 12:08 AM

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 1:50 AM

Jank....interesting story.

were you the one awhile back who had the story about the chameleon that was giving birth? God that was funny....

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 4:32 AM

No, I was the one about paint drying.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 8:50 AM

Neem Oil.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 9:45 AM

Thanks for all the guys are great.
Smaug, how do I keep one of my cats from spraying? Should I pee on him?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 12:25 PM

You may think this sounds funny, but try painting him a neon orange color.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 2:12 PM

Thanks for my laugh for the day.

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