spider mites

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnguy26, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 208

    In years past I've gotten good control with bifenthrin with a follow treatment in 7 to 10 days. However, in the past year or so control has been difficult with Talstar. What are you all using to control these pesty pests?
  2. broske

    broske LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    horticultural oil works well and it is less harmful. talstar will kill pretty much everything including beneficial bugs so the oil is my chioce and it works well.
  3. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    i use a mixture of TALSTAR and HEXOGON works GREAT! just mix with a little non-ionic surfactant. i rotate this mixture, ORTHEEN, and MALATHION thru out the season and have great control. i use the oil and insect soap on a few properties, but those are on fruit trees, the draw back is you need to continue to treat on a 2 week interval (part of the season anyway) and it doesn't do much for japaniees beetals. but if they want to pay for the service, then sock-it-to-them.
  4. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 208

    I've been using hort. oil with talstar...still finding alot of activity after two treatments.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I use Horticultural oil in the spring and Talstar in the summer, I've had good luck with this combo. The miticides work really well but the ppe requirments and the re-entry times are terrible. Back in the late '80s and early '90s we would use good old fashioned organo-phosphates (diazinon, dursban, malithion) they actually worked pretty well. Malithion is the only one left.
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,584

    Floramite, or there is some new stuff from Bayer called Avid. Supposed to kill the eggs too.
  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I've used Avid, it works great but the re-entry time and PPE were a killer, I haven't used it for a while maybe they've changed.
  8. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    Check out the floramite label. It is a reduced risk pesticide and works very well.

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