There are many kinds of pests that are drawn to cannabis plants. Thankfully, over hundreds of years, humans have developed unique methods to control pests to create a blissfully pest-free growing environment.
Some of the most common cannabis pests include leaf miners, spider mites, whitefly, thrips, cabbage loopers, and aphids. Many people refer to these inch-long looper caterpillars as “budworms.”
Depending on the region you grow in, you might experience different pests than others. Regardless of where you are, you want to nip the problem in the bud before it grows.
You must consider how badly these pests bother your cannabis crop before determining how you will treat it.
One important thing to consider is the health of your cannabis plants, which all starts at the soil. A plant with high-quality soil made up of quality compost, rich organic matter, and worms, will be able to fend off pests better than a plant in dry, nutrient-lacking soil.
The same thing goes if you grow your cannabis in synthetic fertilizer.
A couple of things you might consider adding to your soil to increase your plant health include:
While there are many insects we fear seeing around our plants, there are many that we like to welcome with open arms. There are insects you can introduce to your crop to fight off other pest insects. Some of the best examples of good insects include lacewings and ladybugs.
Though they might not seem like it to us, ladybugs are ferocious little predators. They’ll kill everything from spider mites to whitefly to aphids and beyond.
When releasing ladybugs, ensure you release them near a good food source so that they stick around. You should also make sure to release them at night so they rest in the environment you want them.
Of course, you can also choose to go with organic pest-control compounds, which can ward off unwanted pests while keeping your soil healthy. There are plenty to choose from, so make sure to do your research to find the right product for your environment.
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