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Old 12-04-2013, 11:12 AM
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Help getting rid of bugs


As you may know, I have a rare/unusual plant business, and grow all of my plants in a 20x25 building on shelves, etc, so there are literally thousands of plants in there. I do not use chemicals at all - I'm an all-green grower - but I've gotten to the point where I have HAD IT with mealy bugs, and whitefly.

Spraying a few plants here and there (which I've been trying) is ineffective, because of the large space, and number of plants.

Any suggestions?

I have a few pet fish in there - so I cannot do anything too drastic - such as a bug bomb. (Not sure those would work against these, anyway?? )

I can cover the fish tanks, if that would help.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:27 AM
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Diatomaceous earth - if you get the food grade the fish will be fine .. make sure what you buy says food grade and not baited.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:29 AM
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Forgot to add get one of these too .. they are awesome .. a bit pricey but worth every penny.

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:38 PM
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Hi,
Thanks! They work on mealy bugs and white fly which are on the stems / leaves?

Granted, I don't have that machine yet - but it looks good - but until then, how would the DE be applied? Just on the soil surface? How would that work on the leaves/stems?

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Old 12-04-2013, 02:12 PM
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Use a duster. You want it everywhere .. leaves top & bottom stems and soil.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:26 PM
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Thanks a million - now just have to find some. What kind of place has food grade DE? Home Depot ?
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:23 PM
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I found some at my local Ace Hardware .. I don't think I've ever seen it at HD or Lowes.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:40 PM
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Lowes used to carry it but doesn't anymore, I checked just last week. Most local nurseries around my area carry it...
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:59 PM
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Thanks! We do have ACE stores here - I 'll check.

Until I get a sprayer (if I do) how should I spread / distribute it? throw it around ?
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:13 PM
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You can always make a simple sifter by poking some fairly small holes in the bottom of a yogurt cup and tap it over top of your plants. You want to get some on the leaves and around the base of the plant. DE is all natural so it won't hurt your organic growing idea/ or animals/ or people
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:16 PM
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You don't want to be breathing it in .. it can do real damage to your lungs - you can pick up a small duster at Ace for a few dollars.

DE is the crushed shells of diatoms .. when insects walk through it and then groom themselves, it's literally like eating glass .. it shreds their innards .. it also will scrape the outer bodies of hard shell insects and cause them to dry out.

It's totally inorganic and not a poison. Farmers use the food grade to worm livestock. It's great for dusting dog beds as it will also kill fleas.

Also wanted to add that it will not work instantly. It will take about 2 - 3 days for you to start noticing the decline in insects.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:36 PM
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Perfect ! Love the cup idea and duster idea - I'll definitely check the local ACE store this weekend - thank you!

Do the leaves stay dusty / unattractive afterwards, though? Or is that remedied by regular watering (spraying) ?
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:14 AM
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It washes off easy.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:47 PM
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How often should I do the "treatment" ? Normally I don't have bug issues, but since I use no chemicals, etc, then they are going to come and go, naturally - they target only particular plants - the cycads, bulbs, aspidistra, and Rohdea, and leave everything else alone.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:48 PM
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When ever needed.
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