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Re: CULT: nasty little pests

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: nasty little pests
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:08:07 -0700

Hi Robin,
This time of the year - - I get those nasty little bugs on my irises too.  (Especially those that do not get a lot of sun (indoor or out).)  They look just like the aphids I have to deal with.  Washing with water is safest.  I once heard using antibacterial soap on them when you wash them off was effective.  Yes, it was - - but when I did that - - those that I DID use it on - had hardly any bloom come spring.  Those I DIDN'T use it on - - had blooms as usual. So, I will never use anti-bacterial soap to get rid of aphids again on my irises.
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 12:56 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT: nasty little pests

I have some irises joining me indoors this winter for
various assorted and usually odd reasons and I've noticed a
pest that I've never seen before.

I find soft gooey blobs all over the leaves.  I've never
seen them hatch or develop into any other form.  They are
very small, probably the size of the head of a pin.  So far
I've gotten rid of them by washing the fans off with soapy
water, and by exiling a few of the worst back out doors. 
They did attack a pod I had set and eventually caused the
stalk to rot.

I've never seen anything like this is Nebraska before.  Any
ideas on what it might be?

Robin Shadlow
zone 5 NE

where its warm enough today that those crocus may be fooled
into popping up

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