Narcissus fly - organic control?

Jane McGary
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 08:58:46 PDT
Kelly wrote,

>Anybody had any experience fighting the Narcissus fly organically?

I remember somebody telling me, or writing, that he went out in his bulb 
garden when they were emerging and whacked them with a tennis racquet. And 
I think Steve Vinisky, a daffodil breeder, mentioned sending his children 
out with butterfly nets. I had some luck last year using one of those 
long-distance wasp sprays (not organic!) and nailing them on the wing. 
They're easy to identify when flying because of the peculiar sound they 
make, like giant mosquitoes. I got a couple this spring just by throwing 
plastic pots at them. Very haphazard methods, all of these...I think a 
spray at the base of the foliage, where they lay their eggs, is the best 
idea and will try it next year.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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