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Q.How do I get rid of this bug that’s killing my chiles ?

Zone 91325 | in2ndo added on May 20, 2019 | Answered

Hi All.
I have a 3 plants. One ghost pepper, one Trinidad Moruga scorpion and one Pequín pepper.
For the past 18 months. I have been fighting this bug that doesn’t seem to want to go away.
I’ve tried 3 or 4 different sprays. It cleans them up and as soon as I stop spraying. It comes back.
The leaves start by getting yellow patches. Days later it gets this tiny spiderwebs.
The Pequín is about 5 years old. And the other 2 are about 2 years. Didn’t have a problem with the Pequín. Until the other 2 ware introduced. This 2 I bought when they ware about 6 inches tall.
Im attaching some pictures.

Thanks in advance.

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Answered on May 20, 2019

That would be spidermite damage. They are very difficult to get rid of. I don't normally recommend specific products, but I will for this case.

FoxFarm makes a products called force of nature: miticide. This stuff if a very good broad spectrum pesticide, and is what I use, personally. It comes in ready to use spray, or concentrate to mix your own.

Make sure to spray once every few days, until new growth returns. This will signify that it is rid of the pest, and recovering.

If this problem gets out of hand, it will not be able to be cured. It is best to take care of it as soon as possible.

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Answered on May 20, 2019

Thank you for the reply. I will try that product. I think my problem has been not spraying often enough. When I do it. Is once a week for a few weeks and than every 2 weeks for a few weeks.

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