Killing aphids

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Re: Killing aphids

by Aging_Bourbon » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:46 pm

where are those black wasps when you need them?!
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Re: Killing aphids

by alex2751 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:59 pm

I have found on one website that they use house detergent to kill aphids but I am not sure how VFT would react to that

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Re: Killing aphids

by Aging_Bourbon » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:21 pm

alex2751 wrote:I have found on one website that they use house detergent to kill aphids but I am not sure how VFT would react to that

that's murder!
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Re: Killing aphids

by alex2751 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:29 am

Ok I have saw one guy explaining how to treat Venus and he is using Orthene powder. Here is link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7TjQ-rs9lY

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Re: Killing aphids

by tonge50 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:40 am

Good video clip. Apperently they have experience using ornithine and captane successfully on Venus flytraps. I was just reading a FAQ article at http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3660.htm The use of chemical insecticides is not recomended. I would prefer not to use an insecticide if possible. Would milled diatomaceous earth be effective against aphids without harming the plants? Crushed diatoms are supposed to be like broken glass to soft bodied insects. Does anyone see a problem with dusting the plants with it?

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Re: Killing aphids

by Aging_Bourbon » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:52 am

Water based Insecticide is ideal
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Re: Killing aphids

by Matt » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:43 am

They might benefit from a good spray them down with a systemic insecticide. Anything that contains acephate is good. I use Ortho Orthenex (provides protection against a lot of pests) and Steve uses acephate 75.
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Re: Killing aphids

by Adam » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:47 am

Jack and Jeanie (from Hawaiian Botanicals) gave me some dark green crystals that they use. I'll try it out once I see more aphids. They use it on all their plants with no harm. It's not available from stores to the public.
Is your VFT experiencing these conditions?

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Re: Killing aphids

by tonge50 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:45 pm

What are those green crystals, Kryptonite? :lol:

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Re: Killing aphids

by Adam » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:04 am

lol.. ya.. no you dissolve them in water :)
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Re: Killing aphids

by tonge50 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:49 pm

I had started my first tray of VFTs over a year ago. I used a long leaf sphagnum top dressing on each of those pots. Since then then the moss has started to grow. Of the three trays of potted flytraps, the tray with pots that have the top dressing and live moss is the least affected by aphids. I suspect that the moss dressing provides habitat for predatory insects. I have seen several different tiny critters moving around in the moss. I was able to capture an image of a tiny spider hunting on a dead trap (about center of the upper right quadrent). Click on thumbnail to view high res image :D
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Through a 20X loupe, the moss looks like a primeval forest :)
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My collection is still small enough to controll the aphids manually. I plan to dress all the rest of my pots with sphagnum top dressing. Nature knows best ;)

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Re: Killing aphids

by Matt » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:59 am

Cool photos!
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Re: Killing aphids

by kittyklaws » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:00 am

Nice shots! :D
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