Its best to be able to close the room so that pets, children, gusts of wind and other such aren’t able to disturb the plants. Animals, strong winds and people can inadvertently carry mites back out of the quarantine room and reintroduce them to the growing space.
If possible, leave the light on in the quarantine space for the entire time the traps are being used. We want active mites!
If you must spray your plants while the traps are deployed, do so from the bottom of the plant progressively spraying up towards the top. DO NOT SPRAY THE TRAP OR THE STRING - we want to encourage the Spider Mites to step onto the string and make their way up to the sticky part of the trap.
Do not let the traps over-fill. If the mites manage to fill a trap such that they can walk over their mired mite compatriots, thereby accessing the hang line, then all bets are off and you have a bunch more cleaning to do. If the Spider mites manage to get onto your hang line, then they can go wherever your hang line is connected to - for instance a wall, or your equipment. In this case your only choice is to clean the walls and the equipment. Again. Ugh.
Don’t utilize lighting equipment as a “hang line”. There’s just too much chance for a fire to start. RED BAND SPIDER MITE TRAPS™ will burn like crazy and as such, one needs to be very aware of fire hazards when using the traps. Lighting equipment has lots of electricity and often creates a great deal of heat - both cause the risk of fire to increase. RED BAND TRAPS, LLCcannot be held responsible for any injury, loss of life or property damage or loss due to misuse or lack of taking suitable precautions.
The best time to hang RED BAND SPIDER MITE TRAPS™ is just after your starts have been potted. Or when the temperature rises above 75 F and the water supply is reduced - mites love “drought conditions” and RED BAND SPIDER MITE TRAPS™ work best when the mites are very active.