- Subject: Pests
- From: Sandy Connerley sandyc@SURFARI.NET
- Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 08:39:19 -0800
They could be aphids, white fly eggs like Denise mentioned, or mealy
Can you just wash them off? Are they on very many plants?
I have used Spectracide Immunox plus - multi-purpose fungicide +
insect control. It contains Myclobutanil for rust and Permethrin for
killing insects on contact. It comes in an aerosol spray which I have
not used, but I mix 1 1/2 teaspoons in a two cup sprayer.
I use this for the pelargoniums outside. On the ones growing under
lights, I got tired of messing with things as a few years ago had a
terrible fungus gnat infestation - my fault for buying some infested
plants and bringing them inside. At that time, I tried all the drenches
like Bt and Neem. They cut them down, but it was neverending. And,
they larvae do get into the stem! So, I use the systemic Marathon 1%
granular by Olympic. It is expensive because it if for greenhouse use.
But, it lasts forever, and I put 1/4 teaspoon in the pots. No bad
effects, no bugs. Of course, if you were growing scenteds, you would
not want to eat the leaves!
If you only have a few plants, I would certainly try washing first,
though. Wish we could see pictures of the bugs.