Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pest?
My crops look healthy, so why do I need a pest management program?
If you wait until your crop shows signs of an outbreak the pest will be much harder to treat, which is why the first step to proper integrated pest management is simply knowing how to monitor for pests. The use of yellow sticky cards aids in early warning for potential issues but weekly scouting for insect issues is key. Place one sticky card per 1,000 sq. ft., just above the growing medium. Inspect the cards and record pest numbers one time per week to monitor for increasing numbers of pests. You may catch thrips, root aphids, and fungus gnats. The weekly scouting provides your chance to monitor the plants for signs of mites and powdery mildew. Do Not rely on Sticky cards alone always use a hand loop (15X or greater) and inspect top and bottom sides of leaves, growth media and sticky cards. Using urban-gro’s SOP IPM programs allows you to be proactive through the use of Bio’s and reactive with low toxicity compliant chemicals.
I’m bringing new genetics into an existing Cannabis grow. What do I need to watch out for?
First, do not bring in new genetics directly from another grow! Keep it quarantined, for 2 weeks minimum. During the quarantine time, you should repeatedly treat the new genetics with the strongest pesticides that are legal in your market. Monitor daily for pest damage or symptoms and wait until you are sure there are no pests present.