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Re: CULT: help - aphid predators?

From: "heather & bernard pryor" <irishaven@pip.com.au>

Linda said:

> > I've been squishing the aphids by swiping the leaf blades between my
fingers (stains my fingers red!- aphid blood), but would like to know more
about aphid life-history and winter predators.  Will wintering sparrows feed
on them?  Any good websites to learn about bug biology?  Bill or others have
time to give a brief list lecture?<<

Hi Linda,

A fairly popular remedy down here is to get a 10 litre (10 gallon) bucket of
warm water.  Add to it some Lux (or any other brand) SOAP flakes.  Add about
a tablespoon of the soap flakes to the warm water and swish it all up to
dissolve the flakes.  When this has been done throw in some hot chilli
peppers (with seeds) plus a few drops of Tabasco.

Wait a few hours for the while brew to mix together then strain off the
chillis etc.  Put the liquid into a pump spray bottle and go attack those

They absolutely hate it and the brew won't upset your plants. Dogs and cats
(plus most other critters) give it a wide berth and it is a relatively safe
mixture to use almost anywhere that aphids chose to live.

You will need to repeat the process after a few days (hence why you make up
a 10 litre bucket!) and it usually works like a charm.

Let me know how you go.  Oh, and if in doubt, add more chillis!

Cheers for now,
Heather Pryor

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