Thrips & spider mites: HELP!!!
I live in west Sonoma County, California, and thrips and spider mites are destroying my garden, or what's left of it.
I understand that the drought and dry weather may have exacerbated the problem w/them, and I'm certainly doing my best to conserve what precious water we do have, but I'm now spraying them w/water early morning so leaves dry during the day. Have also tried different insecticides such as Spinosad and now binefrin, but still a problem.
I even resorted to removing each and every rose bud, bagging them in plastic zip bags, and disposing in garbage so don't end up in County compost. This has been absolutely heartbreaking. I'm calling this my summer of the barren garden. There's nothing the thrips have spared! When I examine even the morning glories, I find a tiny hole at the stem-end of the bloom, and sure enough, I also find thrips! I then immediately dispose of those flowers, too, hoping to prevent them from mating and spreading as they are also vectors for other diseases.