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I put together a list of cannabis pests and relatively safe treatment products.

Disclaimer: While almost all of these are certified organic and are relatively safe, even organics can pose a threat to humans, animals and the environment. Do some research if you plan to use these (some beneficial predators may also be harmed by some of the products). In the same respect, this list is not exhaustive, nor is it being shared as fully vetted. Do some research. There may be products that work for some of these I haven’t listed or there may be pests that some products treat that I did not include. Do some research. Use caution when using these as time of application, combinations with other products, or number/timing of treatments may pose hazards to you, your plants, or the environment.

Where specific pests are identified, the sources used were specific, but where they are general, the sources did not go into detail (i.e. spider mites vs. mites). Where the term “soaps” or “oils” are used, they are general terms meaning insecticidal or potassium soaps and vegetable and/or essential oils respectively.

Many of these pests may be treated best through alternating products and applications. Do some research. This is just a starting point to head us in the right direction. I used many different sources, but made sure each had some level of credibility. If I don’t get too many haters, I may do the same for non-insect cannabis plant pathogens.

Russet Mites (Aceria anthocoptes)- Water Spray, wind, high humidity, Isopropyl, Safer’s Soap, Neem, Green Cleaner, Soaps, Essentria IC3, DE, Organocide, Micronized (Wettable Sulfur), Bonide Sulfur Plant Fungicide, Smite, Grandevo, Venerate, Oils

Predators: Predatory Mites such as Amblyseius cucumeris, A. fallacis, and A. swirskii, Amblyseius andersoni,

Californicus (Neoseiulus californicus)), Nematodes, Ladybugs

Hemp Russet Mites (Aculops cannibicola)- Water Spray, wind, high humidity, Isopropyl, Safer’s Soap, Neem, Green Cleaner, Insecticidal Soap, Essentria IC3, DE, Organocide, Micronized (Wettable Sulfur), Bonide Sulfur Plant Fungicide, Smite, Grandevo, Venerate

Predators: Predatory Mites such as Amblyseius cucumeris, A. fallacis, and A. swirskii, Amblyseius andersoni,

Californicus (Neoseiulus californicus)), Nematodes, Ladybugs

Spider Mitestwo-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, and the clover mite Bryobia praetiosa- water spray, wind, high humidity, Essentria IC3, Smite, Isopropyl, oils, Spinosad, Neem, soaps, Pyrethrum, SM 90, DE, Grandevo, Venerate, Rosenthal’s Zero Tolerance

Predators: Predatory Mites such as Amblyseius cucumeris, A. fallacis, and A. swirskii, Amblyseius andersoni

Californicus (Neoseiulus californicus)), Nematodes, Ladybugs, Hypoaspis (predator mites)

Broad Mites (Polyphagotarsonemus latus)- Water Spray, wind, high humidity, Isopropyl, Safer’s Soap, Neem, Green Cleaner, Soaps, Essentria IC3, DE, Organocide, Micronized (Wettable) Sulfur, Bonide Sulfur Plant Fungicide, Smite, Grandevo, Venerate,

Predators: Predatory Mites such as Amblyseius cucumeris, A. fallacis, and A. swirskii, Amblyseius andersoni,

Californicus (Neoseiulus californicus), ), Nematodes, Ladybugs

Thrips– pyrethrins, rotenone, soaps, neem, Spinosad, Neem + Black Soap, Venerate,

Amblyseius cucumeris. Amblyseius barkeri, Neoseiulus cucumeris, Iphiseius degenerans, Neoseiulus barkeri, Euseius hibisci.

Predators: Parasitic Wasps: Thripobis simulteus, Ceranisus volumes, Gotheana Shakesoearei; Hypoaspis (predator mites)

Orius: These bugs belong to the Anthocoridae family and are predators that feed on mites and thrips (bed bug)

fungus Verticillium lecani- not harmful to natural predators

Aphids– tomato leaf solution, garlic oil, Essentria IC3, Spinosad, Soaps, Neem, oils, Venerate

Predators: ladybugs, parasitic wasps, lacewing flies, hoverfly larvae, aphid midge larvae, crab spiders, and lacewings all naturally prey on aphids  or the fungi Verticillium lecanii,

Root Aphids– Organocide, Neem, pyrethrin, rosemary and lemongrass oils, sand, hydro peroxide, sand, landscape fabric, Growstone gnat mix, neem, DE, soaps, Botanigard, pyrethrin, Venerate,

Predators: Ladybugs, midges, Beauveria bassiana, nematodes, Stratiolaelaps scimitus (soil mites), Hypoaspis (predator mites)

Fungus Gnats- sticky traps, sand, landscape fabric, neem, green cleaner, Essentria IC3, microbe lift, DE, Organocide, pyrethrum, Growstone Gnat Mix, soaps, SM 90

Predators: Nematodes, Hypoaspis (predator mites)

Mealybug- Grandevo, suffoil X, Safer Soap, Rosenthal’s Zero Tolerance, Botanigard, Micotrol, PFR 97, Pyrethrum, Preferal, neem, isopropyl, DE, soaps, oils,

Predators: Ladybugs, lacewings,

Whitefly- sticky yellow traps, Grandevo, neem, green cleaner, suffoil X, JMS Stylet Oil, Rosenthal’s Zero Tolerance, Essentria, Microbe Lift, SM 90, Grandevo, Botanigard, micotrol, PFR 97, DE, Organocide, Pyrethrum, Preferal, Rotenone, soaps

Predators: Ladybugs, dragonflies, lacewing larvae, whitefly parasite

Neem- aphids, whiteflies, mites, russet mites, fungus gnats, mealy bug. Neem oil can also control fungal infections such as powdery mildew and root rot.

Karanja- aphids, whiteflies, mites, russet mites, fungus gnats, mealy bug.

Green Cleaner (soybean oil & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)- Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies, Fungus Gnats, Broad Mites, Russet Mites, and Spider Mites.

Suffoil X (mineral oil)- mites, scale, aphids, psyllids, mealybugs, early-stage caterpillars, whiteflies, and other immature or adult soft bodied insects.

EM5 (EM1, molasses, vinegar, distilled alcohol)- prevents, doesn’t kill insects

JMS Stylet Oil (mineral oil)- leafhopper, mites, psyllids, scale, whiteflies and more; Botrytis, powdery mildew, rust, aphid-transmitted plant viruses and more

Tweetmint (surfactant blend, glycerin, enzymes, peppermint oil, sodium borate)- a lot of great reviews and support for use as a pesticide, but no specifics other than it eats the exoskeleton of insects, so it would have to be for use on insects with an exoskeleton.

Captain Jacks Dead Bug/ Spinosad (soil bacterium, spinosyn A & D)- caterpillars, thrips, spider mites, aphids (not allowed for commercial growing due to harm to beneficial insects)

Safer’s Soap (Potassium Insecticidal Soap)- Thrips, Aphids, mite, mealybug, caterpillars, scale

Cayenne, cinnamon, nettle, milk, clove, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme, garlic and water- against aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and ants.

Ed Rosenthal’s Zero Tolerance (Glycerol & essential oils)- Spider Mites (Tetranychidae family), Aphids (Aphidoidea), Whiteflies (Aleyrodoidea), Thrips (Thysanoptera), Ants (Multiple spp), Caterpillars (Lepidoptera), Gnats (Multiple spp), Root Aphids (Pemphigus betae), Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae), Scale (Multiple spp), Powdery Mildew, Gray and White Mold.

Essentria IC3- mites, scale, whiteflies, aphids, fungus gnats, and other non-cannabis pests

Microbe Lift (bacillus thuringiensis)- Aphids, Whitefly, Spider mites, Fungus gnats, Fungi such as mold and mildew, (and mosquitoes)

SM-90 (sulphonated canola oil)- Root Rot, Powdery Mildew, Aphids, Thrips, Whiteflies, and Spider mites

Grandevo (Chromobacterium subtsugae (microbial))- Aphids (Aphidoidea), Whiteflies (Aleyrodoidea), Thrips (Thysanoptera), Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae), Mites, caterpillars and more.

Venerate (Heat-killed Burkholderia spp(microbial))- Aphids, Mites (Broad, russet and spider), Thrips,

Botanigard (B. bassiana)- whitefly, mealybug, Thrips, lacewing, root aphids, aphids

Mycotrol (B. bassiana)- whitefly, mealybug, Thrips, lacewing, root aphids, aphids

PFR-97 (Paecilomyces fumosoroseus (microbial)) – Aphids, mealybug, thrips, spider mites, russet mites, whitefly

Diatomaceous Earth (silica)- aphids, mites, thrips, whiteflies, fungus gnats,

Organocide (sesame oil, fish oil and soybean extract) – aphids, scale, thrips, whitefly, spider mites, russet mites, Fungus gnats, powdery mildew

Bonide Sulfur Plant Fungicide (90% elemental sulfur)- spider mites, russet mites, scale, thrips, powdery mildew

Smite (Geraniol, Peppermint, Cottonseed and Rosemary oils)- spider mites

Pyrethrum (chrysanthemum extract)- Thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, mites, whiteflies, mealybug

Preferal (fungus Isaria (=Paecilomyces) fumosoroseus strain Apopka 97)- whitefly, aphid, thrips, mealybugs, spider mites, russet mites, broad mites

Rotenone (crystalline isoflavone, jicama vine plant; Fabaceae)- aphids, thrips, whitefly, “some” mites

Growstone gnat mix (fine ground glass)- fungus gnats

Conserv SC (Spinosad)- thrips