If you've been producing cannabis for a while, whether inside or outdoors, you know that pest management takes up a good lot of time. You may be battling bacterial diseases (mold and mildew), fungal infections, or insect infestations (white flies, spider mites, thrips). Regardless of the source, preventing infestations and eliminating pests at the source is essential for a successful crop.
Although there are numerous possibilities, it's vital to note that not all cannabis pesticides are created equal. Pesticides can be categorized into three groups: biochemical, microbial, or plant-incorporated safeguards. The most important determinant of where to go with pest control will be the size, location, and general design of your venture. The safest methods of pest management for home-grow operations and commercial enterprises will be covered in this article.
Here Are Cannabis Pesticides You Should Avoid
Avid: A foliar chemical pesticide called Avid includes compounds that are hazardous to humans and beneficial insects when swallowed or absorbed via the skin. Additionally, it harms the ecosystem (earth, plant, and animals). Burn the plant instead of using Avid to get rid of the bugs if you come across one and are considering it. By doing that, they will be eliminated and the infection will not grow. This pesticide's hazardous risk is one of those that contribute significantly to environmental deterioration.
Floramite: Another foliar solution chemical pesticide that harms living things it comes into contact with is called floramite. This chemical (Bifenazate) is classified as an irritant, a health risk, and an environmental risk on its SDS sheet. In contrast to the ephemeral times you will enjoy with pest-free plants, it will most definitely do more harm than good.
Any additive overdose might change the pH of the soil and affect how your plant develops buds. Therefore, be vigilant and cautious while selecting and using cannabis pesticides.
Beneficial Insects: The best strategy for a small farmer working outside is to introduce beneficial insects that prey on pests. This includes anything from ladybirds and lacewings, which consume mites and aphids, to helpful nematodes, which are integrated into the soil and feed on insects in their larval stages, including dangerous nematodes.
Essential Oil Foliar Applications and Insecticidal Soap: Neem is the most widely used organic pest control agent in gardens worldwide. A tree's seeds are used to extract the oil, which is then either concentrated or powdered for direct foliar application. Insects that may normally find your cannabis leaves delicious are repelled by its pungent garlic-onion fragrance.
Bacillus Thuringiensis: A certain type of helpful bacteria called Bacillus Thuringiensis can help fight worms when applied as a foliar solution (most notably, caterpillars). It functions by infecting all ages and stages of life of leaf-eating bugs.
The environment around your plant and the plant itself will typically be safer when using organic insecticides. However, when used incorrectly, even natural cannabis pesticides may be harmful. A considerate attitude toward your plants and a willingness to invest time in observing their health and administering treatments as necessary are the finest forms of pest control overall.