Mealy bug tragedy

Fred Biasella
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:44:40 PDT
Hi Robin,

Thanks for the great info. The only way I would (now) use the neo-nics, is in a controlled environment where no critters would have access to the flowers or pollen. In the fall when I start the mass exodus back into the house, I treat them with Bayer just in case some of those little suckers sneak in between the leaves but now I thinking of switching to a pyrethrum-based pesticide all together.

Cambridge, MA 

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Subject: Re: [pbs] Mealy bug tragedy

Bayer also makes a pyrethrum-based (synthetic, I think) granular product for use on lawns for grubs and things and I have had good success with that.  The important part is to water in well and thoroughly.  I've quit using the "neo-nics".  Also some products meant for drenching can work as well.  Reading labels will help you decide which ones.  I was desperate enough once to drench an entire small greenhouse.  The best part was, it worked!

Robin Hansen
North Bend, OR
on the southwest coast where it's pouring, as in 1 inch so far

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