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Monday, June 18, 2007

Some Easy Insect Tips

  • Hot water washes away scale, thrips, mites and aphids best. If you can hook up a hose to your hot water faucet indoors, a fine, quick hot water spray is more effective than cold in controlling these insects and doesn't hurt plants. Spray the ground around the plants as well. If hot water is not available, use cold.
  • Spray plants affected by thrips, mites, aphids, whitefly, leafminers and leafrollers with pepper spray. To make your own, blend ½ cup hot pepers with 2 cups water in a blender. Strain the mix and use it to spray plants lightly. Reapply after rain and be sure not to get the mix in your eyes.