How to Control Bugs and Pests on Cannabis Organically


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for you and in this episode what we’re gonna
do is we’re gonna talk to MIT, the master grower here about growing medicinal uh cannabis
you know without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. You know I consider North
Coast Naturals the leaders in growing clean green certified medicinal cannabis and that’s
why we’re gonna talk to him today. So now, for those of you guys that haven’t tuned
into my show before you know I did film two other episodes here at North Coast Naturals
which I’ll put links to there and there um and you’re gonna wanna check out those
videos before actually you watch this video to get filled in on some important information
including seeing at tour of the facility here on how exactly they grow and some of the things
and products they use to grow clean green certified which is basically like growing
organic organically uh for the cannabis and then over on this side I did a previous Q&A
with MIT to ask him some questions more about the North Coast Naturals and some of products
and more specific questions uh for him but this episode is gonna focus on the pests because
you know both him and I would agree that it’s very important to get the pesticides whether
you’re growing you know fruits and vegetables or medicinal herbs out of your garden completely
because they are devastating and even more so than getting it out of your fruit and vegetable
garden I really want you guys to get it out of you know if you’re growing medicinal
cannabis because you’re you’re smoking it up. So MIT why is it so important to get
rid of using the chemical pesticides in the medicinal cannabis?
MIT: Well it’s important for uh I mean for quite simply for health reasons. If If there
weren’t any health ramifications we’d use chemicals all day long on everything and
it wouldn’t really matter, but the fact of the matter is is that for the same reasons
you wouldn’t wanna spray, as you don’t as you don’t uh patronize those that do,
you wouldn’t wanna spray fruits and vegetables with chemicals uh that are going to kill pests
or kill funguses or mildews or molds or things like that you don’t wanna be spraying your
cannabis plants um whether they’re for medical purposes or recreational purposes, in the
states where that’s legal, you don’t wanna be using those chemicals on those things either.
And um, and it’s even worse for the reasons that you just mentioned John, when you’re
using it in cannabis because you will either extract the uh the cannabinoids from the flower
into some sort of uh compound that you ingest or you’ll smoke or vaporize the flower the
dry flower hopefully dried and cured flower and uh and and you know ingest it in that
fashion which is a much more volatile way of ingesting it because you’re obviously
lighting it on fire breathing it into your lungs (snaps fingers) and it’s immediately
into your blood stream. And for the many people that do use cannabis again for whatever purpose,
uh here it’s obviously all medical and all different forms of medical needs um to have
a medicine that it has those chemicals in it which in 90% of the cases you’re not
even aware that they’re there, is defeating the purpose at best and making it worse at
worst. John: Wow, wow. I mean, I definitely agree
we wanna get out of the chemicals and now I’m actually gonna ask him some questions
on how he deals with different insects and pests you know in the grow you know in a natural
um fashion. Alright MIT so first I wanna ask you what are some of the top pests that may
occur in your grow you know just in general that people may be experiencing if they have
an indoor cannabis grow. MIT: Well there there there’s several there’s
a whole broad range of pests that are common. Um some of them are more detrimental to other
than than others. Um some uh are are more common than others I’ll sort of focus on
the ones that we pay particular attention to at North Coast and other cannabis growers
out there will recognize these and and um and definitely be able to raid and it’s
our hope that maybe they will start adopting some of these practices now that they understand
that A. they’re available and B. that they work, and that they work that uh they’ll
start adopting these practices and implementing them in creating healthier gardens for themselves,
their friends, their patients, you know whatever the case may be. Um so, uh spider mites, very
common problem on the insect front. Um the common solution to that is Foramite another
common solution to that is Avid. We don’t use either. Avid is uh probably the worst
thing that you can be spraying on your plants. It is a systemic pesticide a systemic insecticide
which means that even if you spray your plants when they’re just this big it’s always
going to be resident in the plant. It is systemically, it is in the system of the plant and two months
later when the final final flower is produced, that Avid will be in there and so what you’re
doing is you’re infecting your flowers which is particularly onerous again if it‘s a
medical context you’re infecting your flowers with a chemical that is, I mean, completely
undesirable. How undesirable? I mean I’ve heard things and uh again this is anecdotal
information but I’ve heard things uh like recently someone up in in North Northern California
was simply processing medicine. Simply trimming final product to get it ready um to to be
consumed by medical users and granted the person in question had a strong sensitivity
to chemical agents but she died. She died uh just by simply processing medical cannabis
or so called medical cannabis that had been used uh that had Aid been used on it and with
it for the simple purpose of of fighting what was probably spider mites. You don’t need
to do that. You don’t need to be using that. And again do the research yourself I was told
this anecdotally, I don’t know all the facts about it but I hear things similar to this,
um not that extreme by any means, but similar to this about how many growers will use Avid,
not just at this stage of the game but at later stages of the game and the flowers are
actually produced. And I’ve got a confession to make John, years and years ago when I was
a hobby grower and I was growing with synthetics, I used Avid in these in these sorts of conditions.
I never used them in the flowering cycle but I used them in the vegetative state because
I just simply didn’t know any better and I had spider mites or I wanted to prevent
spider mites and I turned to that and again, I didn’t know any better so learn from the
mistakes that I made please and don’t do the same things. Um, what are the all natural
forms you you can turn to to combat this common problem well there’s several. First of all
there’s neem oil. There uh neem oil is an extraction it’s made from the neem seed
that uh we use that here. There’s azadirachtin which is a concentrate that’s uh they take
a specific compound in neem they use that there’s a couple manufacturers that make
that. That’s approved for organic farming. Um, so there’s two right there in addition
to that Rid Bugs worked works especially in combination with the neem and the azadirachtin
that’s one of the things we do here or IPMS our Integrated Pest Management System. And
another natural thing we use here at uh at North Coast which sounds like a very extreme
thing and you talked about this earlier when you were looking at it is a product called
Exterminator. Has a skull and cross bones on it. Actually this is a wonderful product
it is all naturally derived it’s it’s an enzyme. And it’s all natural it’s been
approved by clean green certification program just like all of our imputs have. Uh and it’s
an enzyme that we simply make into a foliar spray although you can use it as a root drench
as well and we have um, you can make it into a foliar spray and you spray it on the plant.
You cover the complete surface of the leaf and both the top and the bottom. And it will
kill spider mites, it will kill broad mites, it will kill any sort of pest uh that is insect
related on that surface on on that on the leaf surface and it does it all naturally.
And it’s absolutely compatible with all the other things that you wanna use on a foliar
you know in a foliar stand point. You have to use it as a standalone but you can use
it and integrate it into your integrated pest management system. So we use that we use just
simple rosemary oil. You can use rosemary oil it makes pests not wanna go on your plant.
As well as it will kill on contact. There’s other things like cedar oil, clove oil, um
Rid Bugs is comprised of a couple of those things. There’s a product although we haven’t
used it here, but I know organic growers or or all natural growers I should say, that
um that use it. Uh a product called organocide which is a fish emulsion combined with a cotton
seed oil. So there are other products out there that you can turn to to combat spider
mites. Which again is extremely uh a common problem relatedly broad mites, uh, much less
common than than spider mites but much much more difficult um to get a handle on. If you
can even see them you need a much more powerful microscope to see them they do their damage
much quickly and they can wipe out a crop in days. I know someone that got an infestation
thought that they were nutrient deficiencies when he looked at his cannabi um got an infestation
simply cause someone came over to visit his site and was in his room and this is a fully
legitimate represented by attorney medical uh grow and he had one of his collective members
come over visit his room unbenounced to him, they brought in spider mites with them. One
of the reasons we have the protocols that we do here at North Coast. Uh I mean he brought
in the broad mites rather. Brought in the broad mites with him three days later the
crop was wiped out. Tremendous loss to that collective from the standpoint of time, effort,
energy and medicine that was destined to patients. So, you know there are things that you can
use Exterminator, the neem, uh Rid Bugs, uh rosemary the ones that we use here. Additional
we use, this is not a spray, this is not a liquid form, it’s something called diatomaceous
earth which I think you reviewed earlier. John: I did.
MIT: Yea. That is absolutely a fantastic form of uh of insect control you see it on some
of the plants right there that one back there in the corner that’s got a bunch of white
stuff on it that looks like some some kind of mild or some kind of mildew or some kind
of mold is actually diatomaceous earth. And that acts as a microscopic uh imagine broken
glass broken chards of glass on a very very small basis that covers the leaf surface with
it insects simply walk across it become dehydrated from the cuts that their bodies uh accumulate
and they dehydrate and die. And it works on broad mites, spider mites, all sorts of things.
Very few growers that I’ve talked to use that. It it’s it’s very uncommonly used.
And that’s a great example of things uh of a way that you can use something that’s
very common in the gardening industry and practice and take it over to the medicinal
or recreational cultivation uh side of it and use it there. So, these things exist,
use them, experiment with them, use them on a preventative basis, maintain the proper
cultural practices such as these things and you can defeat a lot of these problems the
broad mites, the spider mites, again from the insect standpoint that are probably the
most devastating and common, you can defeat a lot of these problems straight out of the
gate. John: Wow, I mean, I totally agree I use some
of these same products in my regular garden and have videos on some of these products
already including the neem and Dr. Bronners sal-sud soaps and how to apply it with a special
you know fogger that I use that would be really excellent to use in a medicinal grow like
this and uh also upcoming or maybe already even have an episode on the diatomaceous earth
which I’m also gonna have an episode on where to get it for the lowest price and the
best way to I’m gonna choose to apply it and different ways to apply it. It’s gonna
be really cool so, I mean, check my videos cause I have a lot of information that are
applicable to this kind of grow or just you know fruits and vegetables. So MIT I wanna
ask you about another real common problem that actually I’m having in my garden right
now outside, not my inside garden cause we don’t have one, but it’s uh simply um
powdery mildew or PM. You know some people may get this and can you even deal with this
organically and what do you do? MIT: Well the answer is very simply that yes
you can deal with it organically. Many many growers of medical grade food grade some grade
of cannabis will use a product called Eco20. Uh I’m well admittedly uh confess that I
don’t know all the details and ins and outs of of Eco20. Again, when I was doing synthetics
years ago and I didn’t know any better I used it and it worked beautifully. Again,
Eco20 your product is fantastic the problem is that it’s chemically based and now you’re
gonna have a chemical on your leaf surface and that leaf surface is is is part of the
plant that you’re going to ingest, smoke, or vaporize at some point and that why would
you have that when you can use an all natural approach. Typically speaking the two most
common all natural approaches uh one is using what’s known as a sulfur burner where you
burn sulfur in your room and what that does is creates a sulfur fog and that fog changes
the pH on the leaf’s surface. The pH so it makes it more alkaline or acid I’m not
really sure which I think it makes more alkaline and the mildew the molds can’t live on the
leaf’s surface in that environment. What we use what we prefer is a product called
Actinovate which is a specific biological fungicide again approved for organic farming
clean green certified you put it in a foliar mix you spray it on the leaf and these little
I don’t know what they’re called microbes or something biological you know uh actors-
John: agents. Agents of biologic MIT: Secret agents. Seagents if you will,
they they go in there and they will just simply eat the powdery mildew. Um so you can use
that. There’s a product uh called uh OG Bio who are foliar they have a foliar um uh
product. We use the root product we’re actually gonna start experimenting doing some rnd with
the with the foliar product. We don’t use it it’s gotten great review we’re intrigued
we’re looking into it and we’re happy to happy to experiment with it. You can use
that. Um, so there are different options that you can turn to without having to resort to
chemicals. We turn to those options we encourage you to do the same thing with respect to the
Actinovate that we use I can assure you, as long as you get Actinovate that is alive it
will work. It will work, if you have a heavy outbreak you may have to apply it more often
that if you were just doing it preventative in fact you probably will but it will work.
We’ve seen the results. John: Wow yea. Let’s talk about getting
some good Actinovate. Just cause you order it online and get it mail ordered does that
mean it’s gonna work? MIT: It it may work it depends on season if
you ordered it in the winter time and it’s been shipped quickly uh then you’re probably
gonna be good to go as long as it’s fresh. Which it probably will be. If you’re ordering
it in the summer June July something like that uh it to my understanding that the place
that makes it the the factory if you will, where they cultivate the microbes, that’s
in Texas or some place like that and if it’s traveling you know via long haul shipping
then and it’s it’s going a route head or wherever it’s going and it’s suffering
from being in extendedly high temperature environment for extendedly long periods of
time, what can end up happening is your Actinovate could arrive dead on arrival. And then you’ll
be, unbenounced to you, spraying it using it and uh not seeing the results that you
want and you’ll be saying to yourself you know this Actinovate stuff this stuff doesn’t
work. And MIT says it does and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Well, there’s
a lot of things that I don’t know what I’m talking about, but this is actually one of
the things that I do so, if you’re going to use Actinovate like we suggest and we encourage
you to do, make sure that you’re getting it fresh. If you’re getting it uh from some
place make sure that it’s that it’s alive and if you have to order it order it in a
way that it’s delivered as fast as possible and it’s not traveling in in a hot situation.
John: Yea I mean definitely it’s verily important when getting any biologic agent
that’s alive to make sure it’s still alive and you know good manufacturers will put number
one expirations on their which is something to go by but more importantly you know how
was that treated was it in a haul warehouse sitting in a haul warehouse and maybe a local
grow shop they’re selling it but they’re not running the air conditioner cause they’re
too cheap or was it shipped in a UPS truck where it’s sitting in the UPS truck and
it’s a hundred degrees outside. I mean these are these are not good things when you’re
buying biologic agents you wanna be aware of this you know. Another question I wanna
ask you MIT, is about the dreaded fungus gnats and things like that you know that get in
the soil cause I mean, you know, I’m gonna tell you guys straight up that I’ve visited
his facility and I saw that he had had some traps out and he was catching fungus gnats.
If you were doing it so good how come you had some fungus gnats in there?
MIT: Yea that’s a really good question. Um and and admittedly we had fungus gnats
and and it’s funny because we have not had any sort of insect problem not one insect
problem until that and the way that it happened and again guys um make sure that again that
you’re following protocols and prodeces that you actually set up. The first part is
to know which ones to set up the second potentially more difficult piece of the puzzle is to actually
have the discipline to follow them follow them on a routine and consistent basis and
we got some uh plants from a licensed uh medical dispensary here in California. Um, one with
a great reputation and they were fantastic plants we brought them in and we followed
our protocols. Our protocols dictate that we bring in a plant from anywhere uh a nursery
that we trust or or or someone that’s a member of our collective and wants to contribute
uh a plant um and that’s that’s legally allowed and and and encouraged actually in
the spirit of 2 15, we take that plant and we do an exterminator foliar on it, again
so if there’s any bugs or anything like that those are killed not satisfied with that
we actually apply diatomaceous earth. Which is why, that plant over there has the DE on
it and the other ones don’t. We got that and we’ve brought it in and we followed
protocols. What we didn’t do is the mistake that we didn’t make and this is my fault
and as someone that has established many of these protocols is that we didn’t do was
a root zone flush to make sure that the root zone was clean of any pests whatsoever. And
um and because we didn’t do a root zone flush several weeks later I think it was about
um six seven weeks later all of a sudden we started seeing flying gnats or you know what
had been gnats are now flying around the room and it was easy to trace them back to the
the host and the the problem got propagated across the entire room and into the other
room and it was just I mean it it I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a disaster because
they’re not actually that detrimental to the crop but at North Coast we don’t want
bugs here we do a lot of work to make sure that they don’t come in here and when we
see bugs we’re up in arms. So, we’ve addressed that situation. Um, but again, a warning to
you guys you know when you’re bringing in a plant never assume that it’s okay always
100% assume uh 100% of the time assume that there’s a problem with it from that standpoint
and hit it with the things on a preventative basis that you normally would use. Be extra
diligent, extra vigilant, and extra focused about this and you’ll be safe.
John: Alright so, what did you use to get rid of the fungus gnats once you got it?
MIT: Well, we used a couple of different things and let me start with the things that didn’t
work. We we tried an an AzaMax flush that didn’t work. Uh and I think it’s maybe
the AzaMax was old or something something like that I’m not gonna look at you in the
eye and say that AzaMax doesn’t work as a root zone flush we’ve heard before that
it did uh it didn’t in in in in our experience. Uh um we’d try it again though; again I’ve
heard that it works. The second thing we tried is a product called Microbe Lift which is
actually we were using it in a way that it’s not specifically intended for. It will kill
things like that um that are in free standing water. We’ve heard that it works in the
root zone we tried it, that didn’t have the effect that we desired. Now uh well the
plants have actually been harvested so the problem is hopefully gone but what we would
turn to is a product called Go Gnats which uh I forget what that’s derived from but
I do know that it’s all natural. That would be that would be one approach the other approach
that we would take that I’ve actually used in my past life as a synthetic based gardener,
hydroponic organic gardener are nematodes. Which I think that we should use because I
knew that they worked in the past we just haven’t used them here given our set up
isn’t quite as conducive to how it was in the past hydroponically. So uh nematodes I
would say you should turn to in the in the instance of fungal gnats uh it’s possible
that exterminator would work. We used it as a preventative in this instance for that plant
um, it certainly should work if you do it early enough and then Go Gnats would be your
other best bet. But let us know you guys tell us.
John: Post comments down below if you have some organic controls or fungus gnats. For
sure. Yea I mean what what what I believe in is uh open source knowledge you know if
you’re a if you’re a natural grower like they are here, at North Coast Naturals you
know they’re gonna share their information with you guys so that now you guys can get
off the chems. You guys can use natural techniques and if you guys know something you can share
it with them so that we could all learn as a community and make the world a better place
because really the evils out there are those chemical companies in my opinion cause I mean
they’ve got the big dollars to buy politicians and we’re not even gonna get into that stuff.
But we really need to get back to to nature and natural growing and there are ways that
are effective to do that. So another thing I wanna ask you MIT very important is what
are some of these cultural practices that you talk about you know like we’re wearing
these suits I mean, what are some of the most important things that some of the growers
or people out there should be doing to minimize the risk of getting pests in the first place
right. Like I don’t wanna contract any crazy ass sexually transmitted diseases, so I double
wrap it you know but uh but if you’re growing medicinals what are some things that you could
do so that you don’t get contract any sexual diseases?
MIT: I’m not gonna comment on the STD question um, but I I will say you know that very simply
there are some things there are several things that you should do and you can do and we try
to do as many of those as as we possibly can uh that are practically feasible and um you
know we saw earlier I believe that we have two curtains in between uh our uh grow zone
and then between uh that zone and and the zone that you use to approach it uh that’s
again a light lot to make sure that there’s no light risks that enters our modules during
the lights off cycle uh when people pass through and go in and out or perhaps if a plant’s
taken out into the hallway to be worked on or looked at or or notes need to be taken
or pictures need to be taken for research and development purposes things like that.
Um uh so that’s one thing you wanna you wanna separate your zone from anywhere else
uh that’s tangential to it. Uh secondly you wanna have dedicated clothes we have very
specific clothes that we wear that we only wear here. They come here they go home they
get washed they get dried then they come right back. The shoes that I’m wearing right here
and I’ll spare you the camera close up of looking at them any shoes will do, they are
only for this area. They haven’t been born outside ever they were bought new they’re
used in here new. Additionally on top of that if if that wasn’t enough we also wear what
we call the space suits. So if there are for some weird reason a problem on on my shirt
I was somewhere else uh in the building wearing this shirt and there’s a problem I have
another barrier of protection. All of those things and of course treating any plants that
you bring in the way that we described or perhaps even a better way and if you have
a better way please share it with us. All of these things combined are going to prevent
the problems in the first place and they say that you know an ounce of prevention is worth
more than a pound of cure or they say something like that but anyway the point is is that
you wanna be ahead of the game. You always wanna be ahead of the game on the prevention
side of these problems so that they don’t happen in the first place. Additionally do
your insects check. Here at North Coast we have actual you know markers on the calendar
for when you know we go in and we’ll inspect a leaf with a 60 to 1 scope and actually look
for insects. So if problems do occur we catch them early hopefully and we can address them
early while the problems small rather than big. We do it every three days we do it every
three days for that reason. Do that. Um, the problem is that most most growers don’t
they are too busy doing one thing or another thing and maybe it’s not their fault they
can’t get to it and I understand that cause again it takes time and effort and and vigilance
to do that on a consistent basis. And that’s one of the things that I’d like to think
makes us different. Um, but do that. If you’re concerned about pests if you’ve had problems
in the past your cultural practices are gonna save you 9 times out of 10. And then when
you do the preventative stuff, the preventative foliars, to address uh, the anticipation the
expectation that there’s a problem the assumption that there’s a problem as opposed to the
assumption that there’s not a problem. These couple things are gonna keep you safe. If
we hadn’t made that mistake by assuming that the root zone was okay if we hadn’t
made the mistake of thinking oh not even addressing it intellectually not even thinking about
it, then we wouldn’t have had those those problems with the uh with the flying bugs
and and the fungal gnats. And uh, because we made that mistake we did so thank God it
was just that which is a uh a small problem and not something that was worse.
John: Yea I wanna encourage you guys you know to always be proactive not only in your grow
in your garden outside garden inside garden and even just your health right. So many people
take their health for granted each and every day I mean one of the reasons why I do this
video to share with you guys the message of gardening and growing your own food is because
I almost lost my life when I was younger. You know, and it’s not a fun place to be
and I don’t want that to happen to you guys so I take my health you know proactively and
I do things to encourage my health instead of doing things to not encourage it some of
the things that may not encourage health in my opinion are things like eating processed
foods things that are packages bottled things from fast food joints and I know a lot of
you guys or growers out there you guys don’t have time to do all this stuff you know I
would encourage to grow some some edible plants along the side of your medicinals and eat
more fruits and vegetables whether you’re growing them yourself or whether you just
gotta buy them so you that you could be healthier. And uh you know, be able to work longer hours
and be more you know on point with all of this stuff. So another question I have for
you MIT is you know I saw when you’re done with the grow you actually clear out the room
and then you literally sterilize I mean is this also very important?
MIT: It’s absolutely critical and it’s part of the clean green process actually.
We were doing it anyway. When they came for the inspection we weren’t even aware that
it was a part of the process and they were they were pleased to find out that we were
doing that anyway and that wasn’t something that they had to advise us on. And to do that
we just very simply use either alcohol in the case of cleaning some of the the lights
and the light bulbs and for the floor surfaces and the wall surfaces we use hydrogen peroxide
food grade hydrogen peroxide in a in a water solution that’s it. It will disinfect it’s
all natural it’s clean green approved. And um, it’s safe and so you wanna you wanna
absolutely sterilize your room in between crops to assure that again your cultural practices
are as high as they can be and if you’re not doing that then over time you’re creating
an environment where problems are going to slowly rise. And once you get them it’s
hard to it’s hard to get rid of them so again it comes back to prevention uh versus
versus cure type logic. John: Right I mean, prevention is worth a
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure that’s that’s the saying there. So
uh, MIT are there any other kind of pests that may commonly afflict growers out there
if you’re growing indoors? MIT: Well I mean, uh the main ones we’ve
identified which is the powdery mildew the spider mites and of course of course the dreaded
broad mites, which aren’t that common but if you get them you’ve got you’ve got
major problems, there’s some other ones that I’ve heard about that are root zone
based that that I don’t know much about uh and of course there’s other things that
are smaller uh root aphids and things like that will gnaw at your roots and from what
I understand the OG Bio or a foliar product is a fantastic one for that. Uh as well as
will kill broad mites and things like that that’s what I’ve been told you know we
don’t have any direct experience with that and we hope to never have any direct experience
with that. Um so there are other things um uh you know scales and things like that mealybugs.
They’re less common and and they’re less devastating so um be aware of those things.
John: Alright cool. So are there any last words that you’d like to say to all of my
viewers and all of the growers that are watching this episode today?
MIT: Thank you for watching again if you have any guidance that you give us or share or
or any feedback we’d love to hear it. And um, and again please as to the best possible
ability that you have either cultivate in a clean green fashion or if you have to go
and and procure your medicine from someone make sure that you know them make sure that
you’re not assuming you’re going out to a local dispensary and you’re buying something
that’s not clean green and assuming it’s okay. I don’t think it is in my personal
opinion it’s probably not it’s been sprayed with something at some point and time and
you don’t know at what point and time it was sprayed with something and what it was
sprayed with. So be aware, be conscious of these things, and turn and insist upon clean
green certified again you know you don’t have to join a collective you know our collective
but ask questions and and see who’s doing things the best possible way and support those
organizations and join those organizations. John: And I mean I wanna encourage you guys
uh you know if you are using medicinally and I wanna encourage you guys instead of even
going to a place to buy your own medicine is to grow yourself because then you have
complete control you exactly know what’s going into your crops and what you’re spraying
on the crops and I mean I encourage you guys to do this with your food as well. Food or
medicine I mean I think people need to take responsibility for their needs and what they
need if they need some medicine or they wanna eat some of the best food on earth they need
to grow it themselves because it’s you know if it’s up to industry to do it whether
this is the medicinal cannabis industry or whether it ‘s the agriculture industry you
know it’s quite unfortunate in this day and age most people are just focused on the
all mighty dollar. You know at a younger age I learned that the dollar doesn’t mean crap
when you’re sitting at the edge of your hospital bed. The doctor’s telling you that
you might not make it out of there all the money in the world doesn’t mean crap let
me tell you that. So I really want you guys to get out the chems and start eating more
natural and organic you know smoking it but also you know eating it as well so you guys
can be as healthy as possible because it’s not all about this money in this life that
we live and we’ve been led to a bunch of BS from powers at bay that you know we think
money means success and there’s actors and people that are super successful that lose
their lives because of drug overdose and on crack because they’re not happy even with
all the money. So think about the fellow man think about the environment and think about
how you can help people more by growing in a natural and organic fashion. I really hope
you guys enjoyed this episode and it was quite valuable to you to learn about how to grow
naturally like you have here today. Be sure to post any comments and questions down below.
If you like this video and wanna see more videos with MIT please give me a thumbs up
and let me know and I’ll be sure to come back to his secret location and uh get him
more on some videos to uh answer some more of your questions and let you guys know how
you can grow clean green certified and some of the best organic medicinal cannabis that
I’ve ever seen. Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com we’ll
see you next time
and remember keep on growing.

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100 thoughts on “How to Control Bugs and Pests on Cannabis Organically

  1. The dreaded fungus gnats can be taken care of using a three-pronged approach. First you need to prevent the adult ones flying around from laying more eggs and the only way to do that is to get rid of exposed soil. Block off your runoff holes with tape and add two inches of sand over your top soil. Next you want to kill off the larvae in the soil and a safe way to do that is by flushing it with 3% USP peroxide which you can picked up at any pharmacy. Make sure you leave the tape and sand until harvest and afterwards sterilize your grow room and pots.

  2. please do not put organic or non organic substances on plant. soils Nats propagate in the soil, so.. Just simply top dress your grow medium with sand. '' Play box sand is vary clean." Sand will stay too dry to support egg growth and act like broken glass to any nat trying to go in or out of your medium. Why add flavors to your pot from some goop. Good luck.

  3. You should not just flush and treat new plants with biological agents, but also you should quarantine them for 10-14 days.

  4. not to be a downer but if diatomaceous earth is comparable to fiberglass, wouldnt that making it to the product be dangerous if inhaled?

  5. omg,,,,, bro u made me cry, heart-felt man. love and respect you and the honest to gods message you try to convey to people. you speak the truth may the All Mighty God keep on guiding you, and i pray to All Mighty Allah give u strength. and help u spread the message and bravely keep on speaking the truth to guide your fellow brothers, ameen., and a huge thankyou to you from me for giving us educational content and teaching us about healthy foods,. love bro! tc

  6. great video, love the enzyme spray tip. yucca is also a great organic way to combat insects, both at the root zone and as a foliar spray. Yucca won't kill larva but it does on adult insects. plus yucca won't kill your nematodes if you use them. accurate dilution is key.

  7. john, you and MIT are forgetting the cardinal rule about powdery mildew. most PM strains (or at least common ones we get as growers) do not like temps above 78 degrees F. keeping the garden around 80 degrees and RH around 60% will stave off PM but it will also actually help supercharge photosynthesis(all things being equal) and cause explosive growth. think primordial times. high co2 levels, high humidity and hot tropic weather. . many fans( wall mount, above canopy) if you grow indoors will help also. another tip is to de-leaf your plants (usually about day 18-21 into flower) and to make sure they are not too crowded. i like to strip everything from the top few nodes down because those buds below don't ever really develop and just rob nutrients and this "lolipoping" technique also makes the plants beast out hard! just the tops guys! so to sum it up for PM, it loves cold, calm, dark and wet places. hence why growers get PM at night or "lights off". this is of course all pertaining to indoor cannabis growing but can be applied in other applications. this is all based on my first hand knowledge from experience and losing several runs in a row to PM until i wised up and learned all about PM. another thing to understand is, once you see a PM infestation, that means that PM has manifested in your plant for at lease 1-2 weeks already. if you see several plants infected, its best to chop them down and start over rather than risk it. it sucks, i know, but I've been there unfortunately and it usually doesn't end well. also for those who want to to err on the side of caution, a good dehumidifier goes along way and you can keep your RH around 50% or so if you're worried about PM. I've heard people even running 80-85F and 70-80% RH and claim insane explosive growth. of course in the end, it all boils down to genetics. some strains are just prone to PM where others have a natural resistance to it. hope this helps you or someone else battling the retched powdery mildew.

  8. I know this video is old but i would try top dressing the soil with Diatomaceous earth for the fungus nats

  9. thanks for all the info and keep up the good vibes and organic life. Your words at the end carry a lot of weight and really resonated with me.

  10. i what the exterminator bottle that you were mentioning or I would like to use something it's some kind of meal that will kill spider mites not bone meal

  11. really helpful knowledge thank you for sharing difenetly going to watch this again and take notes 👍✌

  12. 15:30 It's up to the manufacturer to ship a product like that properly in a cold-pack so as to make sure the customer gets it in a usable state. If they don't, it says a lot about the company.

  13. What about a home remedy foliar spray:
    boiling H20 with 1-Cinnamon Stick, 5-Clove, & 2-Garlic cloves. cooling down to room temp.
    then adding a dash of dish soap, drop of Peppermint Oil…diluted high PH10 water in a 32 oz spray bottle for foliar spray ???? – Thank you!

  14. @ 4:48 Avid is not systemic. it is what they call "translaminar" which means that the spray soaks deep into the leaf @6:08 "I dont know all the facts"
    Avid is bad, I dont use it.

  15. microbe lift contains Bti which is the same beneficial bacteria as mosquito dunks/bits btw… currently have some dunks and nematodes otw and also method1 pps for myself

  16. university of missouri study……..increase yield, natural pesticide, plants love it……….50/50 milk and water. foliar spray add a teaspoon of molasses per gallon. insects do not have a pancrease. they die, the plants thrive, just don't foliar spray your flowers.

  17. Thanks for the video very informative. Is there any way to get the hydrogen peroxide cleaning protocols from clean green for a grow space or grow tent

  18. NEEM organic pesticides, when ingested or inhaled, can make people very sick. Not enough research has been done on the safety of NEEM organic products being used on marijuana, these organic pesticides may be causing CHS.

  19. Mighty wash witch is only on the market is the best and nematodes is the best thing to get rid of all spider mites and don't come back,i have tried there methods and they come back

  20. Have you guys ever considered Beneficial and predatory mites? I gained control of a very bad spider mite/ root aphid issue on 12k sq ft of indoor grow space using predatory mites.

  21. Use a layer of clean sand. about 1 inch or so. the gnats cant reproduce if they cant get out of the pot or getting in there in the first place

  22. WHere do you buy the Exterminator product, i have found many different items with that name.. nothing looks right yet.

  23. I’m trying to find the product mentioned at 13:19. I think it’s spelled Activitate. It was mentioned to help with fighting Powdery mildew. Could you help me with the spelling or send me a link to where I. An find it. Thank you

  24. I have been asking questions about the Diatomaceous Earth and no one's answered yet. You say don't inhale it… but there are fans blowing right on it. My logic tells me it could become airborne and get into a bud. THEN you light and smoke it… O_O. SO… wouldn't this be a very bad thing? … thanks for your help if you can.

  25. Disappointed- thought this would be more organic items that you can mix yourself not more products to BUY

  26. Powdery mildew – 40 parts milk to 60 parts water. Spray entire plant once a week. Spray until drenched. Make sure to apply to all areas of plants.

  27. Love this video John, love your passion about getting off the chemicals. Its not all about the money. I love that too.

  28. Why the disquise??!! I don't trust anybody in a disguise, unless he is with you… and I know its the truth 😉

  29. People check out this amazing hosts youtube page @ okraw. Hes in tune with nature in a very practical way and helps with TRUE INFORMATION.

  30. It was the only strain I had of that plant in the garden, so it was strain specific for spider mite buffet. In a matter of days it was super infested, webbing around the colas and all that jazz. I tied a string from the very top to a tall pine 10 ft away from it……….. spider mites are genetically programmed to keep moving up till they cant fo anymore.

    … no bullshit the majority of the spidermites left. Than I blasted them with anti-ovial (anti-egg ). Green cleaner type products. I also used a clean shop vac with the wide hose attached and sucked all the webs off… it worked. Dont give those bastard spidermites a chance…….
    1) Preventative measures always from the very beginning.
    2) Neem oil and dawn soap on a hot day at high noon or when it's the hottest before you plant outdoor. Spray the entire surrounding area about 20ft. (Scorch earth method)
    3) Always have Dioametacios Earth around the bottom stalk.
    4) Clacium 25 and HB-101. They are natural and HB-101 is Japenese plant oil extracts.

  31. Diatomaceous earth or DT has been known to cause respiratory issues. Wear personal protective equipment when applying it.

  32. Love how passionate john got at the end.. so true money isn't shit if you dont have health! Great point, especially relating to celebrities being unhappy despite wealth. Gotta take care or health

  33. help me asp here link on my name to my gardin i got rooot mets ther makein 3 leef cuz weed so stresss out help me find stufff thats he just seid in video i cant find it thanks

  34. My first Cannabis grow I bought clones from a dispensary bad move they had spier mites and aphids half my crop dies. Starting from seed from now on.

  35. Were do the pests come from in the first place in a indoor grow ??? N how do you prevents all pests naturally? Some one please help me out

  36. I was once having bug problems so I started researching how I can solve the problem without disgusting chems like avid or floramite.
    After lots of trial and error with various sprays like neem oil and other botanical oils I eventually read about how old school farmers used nicotine insecticide with great success. Lucky for me I had quit vaping and had a huge 1ltr bottle of nicotine mixed with vegetable glycerin that was in the fridge being unused.
    I mixed up 20 parts water to 1 part nicotine+VG and put it in a fogger and fog my plants with it every 4 days. If you try this then make sure you wear a gas mask and a sealed suit as nicotine is also toxic to humans in high enough doses.

    I've never looked back. Even mites don't stand a chance against this shit. I literally have NO bugs in my room ever, the plants always look A+ and the buds are always clean and smoke very well.
    Nicotine is the absolute best all-round organic pesticide my opinion. Don't waste your time with other shitty stuff people. 🙂

  37. I'm not trying to watch this video !! Two grown men who love yapping their mouths , if anybody hears if they mention a remedy for caterpillars tag me or comment here thank you !

  38. Thanks John for taking the time that you put in all ur videos much appreciation!!!!! Learned so much bro thank you

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