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Avid & Safari Thrips/Mite control


Many plant collections contain thrips or mites to some degree. They cause stunted growth points, scarred leaves, slow growth, and wrinkled leaves. They can also spread viruses among plants, which is an irreversible issue. For these reasons it is critical to eliminate them as quickly and safely from your collection as possible! Natural methods are slow and ineffective and most pesticides do not control thrips well at all. The two pesticides included in this kit are very effective at eliminating pests quickly and have almost no odor unlike the more common systemic Acephate which has a very strong smell.

Contains 1 tablespoon of the systemic pesticide Safari (Dinotefuran) which will make 3 gallons of watering solution for the control of thrips, mealybugs, scale, fungus gnats, etc. It can likely be diluted into 5 gallons without affecting results. It is very effective in the elimination of fungus gnats whose larvae, rarely seen, devour Nepenthes roots very efficiently. 

Also contains 5 ml Avid (Abamectine) which will help control thrips (however it is not systemic and cannot kill thrips in the growing point) and is very effective in controlling mites if sprayed twice 2 weeks apart. Enough for 2-4 gallons of spray depending on dilution rate, 1/4 tsp/gal for mite control and 1/2 tsp/gal for mites and thrips. 

I have not experienced any phytotoxicity with both products on Nepenthes, Sarracenia, Heliamphora, Philodendrons, Anthurium, Ant plants, and Vireya Rhododendrons. Both products are staple pesticides in commercial greenhouses because of their efficacy but on untested genera it is always good to test on a few plants to confirm safety.