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Old 07-06-2016, 07:36 AM
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Amphids taking over my calibrachoa. I've sprayed it with insecticidal Soap it is not working my plant is dying and I don't know what to do HELP!
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:42 AM
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Ladybugs will get rid of aphids. You can buy them online. I've never tried them myself.

You're supposed to give the garden a watering during the evening and then release the ladybugs wherever there's an aphid infestation. Make sure there aren't any ants around as they'll help the aphids.

If there isn't enough for the ladybugs to eat, they will leave but you can keep batches of them in the fridge and take them out when they're needed.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:37 PM
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Seriously I never new this! But I did see a couple lady bugs in my plant I left them I'm glad I did. Thank you so much! I'll update you
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:38 PM
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And I just saw my spell correct put amphids instead of aphids LOL
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:53 AM
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Amphid, aphid- close enough!

Definitely looking forward to the update- especially if you choose to keep some ladybugs in the fridge!
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Old 07-08-2016, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ohhmye View Post:
If there isn't enough for the ladybugs to eat, they will leave but you can keep batches of them in the fridge and take them out when they're needed.
Wow, how cool is that? Great info ohhmye, thanks for posting it.

So glad that you asked the question Jennyb - it doesn't matter how long we've been gardening,
there is always more that we can learn from each other, which is one of the things that makes a community like this one so much fun.
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:06 PM
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And I learned something new, thanks a lot ohhmye. Just love Plant Swap.

Jennyb how is it now, did you save your plant?
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:29 PM
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Boy comes winter an our homes a polluted with lady bugs here for free?

Don't know what the alphids are but hope that helps me.
I did get rid of beetles on the zinnias with a mix of water an dish det. and cyanne pepper..(mis spelled)
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:21 PM
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If you found the bit about refrigerating ladybugs interesting, you'll definitely trip out on this:

Ants farm aphids for a sugary substance that they produce, even taking the aphids into their colony during the winter. Some ants will 'milk' the aphids for the secretion. Ants will drug the aphids to keep them from leaving as well as lop off the wings of an aphid that happens to grow a set.

You should get rid of ants before using ladybugs to control an aphid infestation- the ants will fight off predators [the ladybugs] that threaten their food source.

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Old 07-14-2016, 06:52 PM
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Golly gee wiz...I didn't know that one.
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