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Spider Mites – a Solution!

Whether you’re into gardening or agriculture, anyone who’s raising plants must be concerned with the dangers posed by spider mites. This difficult pest is very small and multiplies rapidly, slowly eating the sap from the plant. Over time, leaves will get white and show brown spots, fade, and can even become scorched. A mite infestation that is uncontrolled can significantly damage and eventually destroy a plant. They can also spread between plants, infecting previously healthy plants.

The following are three important points to keep in mind when dealing with spider mites:

1. Be on the lookout for webs — spider mites weave webbing

A sure sign of spider mite presence is their particular brand of webbing. They don’t look like spider webs, rather, they’re like thin gauze draped around the leaves and stems. This will be present in any sizeable infestation. They create these webs for a few different reasons. First of all, it gives them shelter from the elements and their natural predators. It also keeps conditions dry, which most spider mite species prefer. The webs also help secure and shelter the numerous eggs that they lay. Spider mite females lay lots of round, translucent eggs, giving them great potential for population growth. The webs also help them move around. They can spread around to other leaves on a plant in search of more nutrients to consume. It can also bridge their path to new host plants, so if a plant is infected, you must inspect the plants adjacent to it.

2. No plant is safe — spider mites attack many kinds of plants

Spider mites target a wide variety of plants. These include flowers, fruits, vegetables, conifers, and more. Usually they eat sap from the leaves, but they can also attack the fruits, which leaves them russeted. Different species target different plants. Sometimes the mites will be camouflaged against their host plant – for example, red mites will appear on tomatoes or strawberries. Other colors include yellow, orange, brown, and green. They often have some degree of translucence, especially the early stages. There are a few plants that repel spider mites, such as garlic, onions, and hot peppers. This can be put to use in prevention. But for the most part, most plants are vulnerable to infestation from at least one species of spider mite.

3. If you spot one, there are more — spider mites reproduce quickly

Once spider mites start reproducing, they can quickly increase their population. If there are a lack of natural predators and desiccated conditions, infestations will grow rapidly. A mature female can lay many eggs in her lifetime, sometimes up to 100. Maturation can take anywhere from 1 – 3 weeks depending on species and conditions. Naturally, at the height of a dry summer, it will be worse. They can go through several overlapping generations in a single season. When you are exterminating them, it is important to be thorough and administer multiple treatments, especially since eggs are hardier and can still hatch later.

So what do you do if you’re dealing with a full-on mite infestation? Your best bet is to purchase a specific mite solution, capable of wiping out a large population of these pests.

Our recommendation is Lava Mite as they receive great reviews online and host an excellent amount of mite information on their site. You can’t go wrong with choosing a company that specifies in mite killing.

Feel free to join our discussion on mites and leave a comment below!

Come on IN, Chickens!!

I love chickens (they eat slugs), I love fresh eggs (they taste better), I love this decision (it’s about time!)

Chickens can now live “un-hassled” in unincorporated San Mateo County. Chickens in unincorporated San Mateo County can now legally come home to roost thanks to a unanimous board of supervisors vote Tuesday that permits homeowners to keep the birds in their backyards.  The unanimous vote, happened Tuesday July 27, congratulations to our supervisors for doing the right thing and not being “dumb clucks”!

The regulations approved by supervisors allow for up to six domestic poultry on parcels that are at least 2,500 square feet and up to 10 chickens and ducks on sites that are 7,500 square feet or larger.

The birds must be kept within property limits and housed in backyard coops no bigger than 100 square feet set back a minimum of eight feet from adjacent buildings. In addition, the sites must be “kept in a sanitary condition and free from offensive odors.”

The board asked county staff to report back within six months to discuss any poultry-related complaints. County Community Development Director Jim Eggemeyer told supervisors that, to date, the county has received “very few complaints and situations involving chickens.”

The effort to legalize poultry in unincorporated parts of the county began in 2009, when a neighbor complained about a couple in Emerald Hills, Jessica Holcombe and Vincent Van Gerven, who were keeping chickens, hens and two roosters on their property.

 

The full article appeared here: http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_15616769

Skin Care Products – Simple Ingredients

You may have already read my diatribes about PARABEN… if not I encourage you to take some TIME and think about what you are putting on your face. Really! Can you figure out what it is?
MY GOAL: to know what is going on my face. Sounds easy but its not. The first step is to use ingredients that are organic, another easy step is to use food-based ingredients. WHY? There are tougher standards in place (FDA, consumer groups, testing labs) if you are going to eat something. It is a small step more to think … I should be able to eat what I put on my face. (This now sounds silly, but think about it!)

Here is an example of someone searching down the same path – I love this blog – full of woman wisdom and easy ideas that people use. Check it out: egg yolk face masks. Honey is also a fantastic ingredient for our skin. Keep looking for more great ideas and when you find them, share them!