Cleanliness in your growroom is the first step to avoiding pest and fungus problems. Once insect pests have invaded an indoor garden they can spread rapidly. However a closed environment also makes them easy to control, we recommend only safe, organic pesticides and biological control insects. Spider mites are the most common pest, followed by whitefly. Both can be effectively controlled with insecticidal soap or organic pyrethrin spray.
Predator insects are the safest and most effective method of control. Ladybugs, predator mites and preying mantis are just a few of the most common. Harmless to plants and people, these beneficial insects feed only on garden pests and their larvae.
Predator insects can be ordered from Homegrown Hydroponics by visiting www.homegrown.ca or call them toll free at 1-800-INFO-GRO
Often the best way to combat pests and harmful stresses for your plants is to deter them from coming in the first place. Neem is an ingredient which will help to deter pests, in particular spider mites. Some nutrients contain neem so by feeding your plants you can also be deterring pests.
For information on natural pest control, take a look at this video from David Suzuki's, The Nature of Things.