Aromatherapy for IPM in a small tent - Any thoughts?

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I was just shopping for a new humidifier for my 2x2x4. I came across one that included an aromatherapy diffuser. That got me thinking, isn't peppermint oil a method of IPM? Has anyone used an aromatherapy diffuser for IPM? Did it work? I recall reading that spider mites don't like rosemary oil. It seems for my small space a couple of drops of peppermint oil one night, and another night of rosemary oil might be an effective IPM. Sorry if this has been posted before.
 
Ponky

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Strongly recommend against humidifier in the tent. Leads to issues.
 
caliOF

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Strongly recommend against humidifier in the tent. Leads to issues.
Thanks. And I see you point. I should probably explain. My tent is in my garage in a very hot, dry climate. I only run from October through end of April. When I'm starting my seedlings, the normal ambient humidity is only 22-37%. I seem to have a lot of trouble starting seedlings, and I suspect it's that the humidity is so low. Clearly using a dome for each is an easier solution, but I was just thinking of an interesting way to handle IPM! What's it called when I overly complicate?☺️ Oh ya, a Rube Goldberg...
 
Ponky

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They tend to leave water stains on everything and fungus issues pop up. Be better to humidify the intake air.
 
caliOF

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Understood. Thanks! I might try that first, since I have a large room humidifier I could use outside the tent.
 
mysticepipedon

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I think using aromatherapy oils, like rosemary and peppermint, might work as repellents, especially for critters with a flying stage of development, like thrips. But if a mite found its way into your grow, they'd probably hold their noses and deal with the scent.
 
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