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I am the founder of Mantis Plant Protection and also a certified pest control adviser working with organic growers throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Mexico.

Do We Need Organic Standards for Cannabis Production?

How’s it going? This is Dallas Piscopo with Mantis Plant Protection. So we just went through midterm elections and I don’t want to get too political but there were some interesting things that happened in regards to cannabis production and consumer regulations. So there’s quite a few more states that legalized the use of marijuana, …

The Secret Behind Mantis EC Efficacy and Quality

You may be a grower who has already used Mantis EC or perhaps you’ve found this page in search for an effective organic insecticide/miticide and are thinking about using Mantis botanical pesticide products. In this post, I want to break down how Mantis EC is formulated and manufactured to provide past, present, and future growers a …

How to Control Spider Mites Organically

Have you started seeing tiny dots on the leaves that are orange, yellow, or white?  Have you noticed light webbing over the leaves or buds?   No, you don’t have a nutrient problem or an infestation of spiders.  It’s more than likely an infestation of tiny little bugs called spider mites.   These bugs while …

7 Grower Benefits to Neem Oil

Neem oil is a vegetable-type oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree, which is an evergreen tree native to India. Indian people discovered the many benefits of neem oil generations ago and have been using it for a variety of applications in medicine, health, beauty, and plant pesticides, which we’ll discuss further. Pure, …

The Secret Trick to Germinating Seeds

Growing your plants from seed to harvest is way more fulfilling than just planting store bought transplants.  It’s much cheaper too. But germinating seeds correctly can be somewhat of a tricky matter. There are a lot of different methods that work better than others but this video by YouTuber gardener Gary Pilarchik,  maps out the most effective and …

Get Rid of Spider Mites Once and for All

Spider mites are common pests that growers all over the world battle on a daily basis and this post is going to show you how to get rid of spider mites fast and good growing practices to keep them out. Mites feed on all types of plants like vegetables, fruit trees, vines, berries, cannabis, indoor and outdoor …

15 Raised Bed Garden Ideas Inspired by Instagram Users

Raised bed gardens are an easy, manageable, and great way to grow vegetables, herbs, and even ornamentals. Here are 15 great raised bed vegetable garden ideas inspired by Instagram users, starting with our very own Mantis backyard garden… Our Mantis Garden entering productive phase. A photo posted by Mantis Plant Protection (@mantisplantprotection) on Oct 26, …

How Cannabis Growers Can Prepare for Organic Certification

One of the most widely discussed topics within the cannabis industry is the overall health and safety of the final product, which is almost entirely the result of cultivation practices. Due to a few high profile cases where illegal pesticide residues were detected on marijuana products, this topic has gained much interest in consumers and …

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