After 8 days of wondering why my 2wk old flowers had shriveled up pistils from the get go i've made a soul crushing discovery with a 60x magnifier........russet mites
After endless hours of research ive boggled my mind reading about various expensive miticides with varying reports of success. Ive resolved to totally decontaminate and quit for 2 months so they have nothing to feed on. I have two grow cabs each with their own seperate can fan/carbon air scrubbers on the intakes and exhausts. The cab with 2 big kandy kush ladies is a nuclear wasteland every pistil turned purple and shriveled and buds look mutated and scrawny. I found the little white opaque buggers running around on the flowers. They are fast and appear to be broad/russet not spider mites and theres no webs anywhere.
The second cab has 2 big NL x SSH ladies and since its their bedtime i havent scoped their budsites out yet but they appeared totally fine to the naked eye besides some light nute burn. The leaves were all praying up to torwards the lights at a 45° angle and all pistils are white and stretched out.
I doubt its a good idea to use strong chems since its a room i sleep in so i was wondering what the best approach is here. I figured slash and burn all plant materials, throw away the old 3 gal buckets and promix soil bags. Could the soil have had the eggs or is it more likely a fly or moth transplanted them into the cab? If the unopened bags of promix are suspect i can ditch em and go back to hempy buckets for now and bake the perlite in the oven. The cabs are made from 2x4x6 metal shelvjng units and can be stripped and relined with pandan film if wiping with bleach wont work(that'll suck balls though). Then i figured id clean the walls and floors with bleach 2x a week for the 2 months.