Discussion in 'Plant Problems' started by overdose42024, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. overdose42024

    overdose42024 Registered+

    there are a bunch of little bugs that are all over one of my outdoor plants. it seems like they have eaten most of the nug

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  2. Faddenator

    Faddenator Registered+

    Couple of solutions

    Did a quick google search and found that neem oil is probably the best way to go. look it up, there's lots of info on it.

    Another method I found was to spray the leaves with a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), water, and 5 drops or so of dish soap per quart. Supposedly continuous weekly application of this keeps the bugs off. This sounds a little sketchy to me though, so Id isolate one leaf somehow and try it on there first if you decide to go this route.

    I'm sure there's plenty more methods out there... any body else got any?
  3. driftersmokinjo

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    i had these last year. still dont know what they are. i would burn the lil buggers with a lighter when i found them clustered on a leaf. anyone know what they are ?
  4. WashougalWonder

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    I am not certain, but I think those are aphids. Use the Neem mixed 1 tablespoon to a warm quart of water. Shake the pooh out of it and spray generously on the entire plant right at the end of the photoperiod so as not to burn the leaves.. Spray the soil and the sides of the pots too.

    Alternatively, you can go find a mess of ladybugs and let them farm the buggers. :)
  5. overdose42024

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    thanks for all the info guys. wash do ladybugs not screw with the plants?
  6. driftersmokinjo

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    sorry to butt in on your thread but i would like to know for sure what these are. the ones i had last summer did not fly. but when disturbed they wound scatter. the only aphids i have seen on my plants were green and would fly when disturbed. not saying your wrong WashougalWonder just an observation. back on subject tho i would try the neem oil. it works well with lots of bugs
  7. driftersmokinjo

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    hope i dont get smaked for this :stoned:
    Image #2 of the bug Black Bug, Negro Bug (Corimelaena pulicaria)
    This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

    Tracys Landing, Maryland
    Rutledge, Missouri
    San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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    Rating Author Comment
    Negative htop On Dec 29, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX
    (Zone 8b) wrote:

    I searched for months and months attempting to ID this bug thinking it was a beetle which it resembles. This black, broad, oval and short true bug is up to 1/10 inch long and has an enlarged hard thoracic shield that makes it look like a tiny beetle. It usually has a paler margin along the pronotum and scutellum.

    It overwinters in the soil and nymphs can be black or reddish in color. Emerging in March through late April, it voraciously feeds on various plants including grasses, weeds, berries and flowers causing injury. The main damage is done to flower buds and flower parts. I have found the following plants listed in the literature as host plants for this bug:

    Solidago missouriensis flowerheads, Baccharis neglecta, Cirsium arvense, Geranium maculatum, Ceanothus americanus, Galium verum, Linaria vulgaris, Veronica peregrina, lobelia, canola, Texas betony, blackberry, boysenberry, celery, corn, sweet dewberry, gooseberry, loganberry, raspberry, strawberry and tomato.

    Last spring my flowering plants were ruined by these bugs. I had never encountered them before. I believe that they came to visit on large snapdragon plants I had purchased. To my dismay, the snapdragon blooms were totally destroyed as seen in the posted photo . The critters moved on to attack the bloom buds and blooms of the following plants in my yard (the list would be longer if I remembered all of the plants that were blooming at the time):
    petunia, hibiscus, rose, zinnia, verbena, rock rosemallow, shrub allamanda, lantana, salvia, larspur and many other blooming plants.

    My spring garden went from having people stop to tell me how beautiful it was to having not many annuals left and no blooms on my other plants. I usually do not use chemicals on plant pests; but, I had to try everything I could think of to wage my month or more war (on probably 1000s of these bugs. Everyday - mornings, evenings and inbetween - the battles raged). Nothing really lowered the numbers significantly.except some oil-based pesticides killed some of them. It also injured my plants when temperatures began to soar. Squashing them between my fingers worked; however, this was useless due to the tremendous numbers of them.

    Finally, I placed a plastic bag over the annual plants, cut them off at the base and then tied the bag so the bugs could not escape. I had to keep spraying them with an oil based pesticide to slow them down so that they could not escape the bags before I tied them. They are able to fly for a very short distance. Then, I put the bags in ia metal trashcan, doused the bags with gasoline and burned the bags. Kinda drastic and not environmentally friendly, I know. I similarly cut all of the bloom buds from my other plants, dropped them into plastic bags and burned the bags. I have found no remedy for them in my research so far.

    I pray that they did not overwinter in the soil in my yard; but, I have a feeling that they will emerge in the spring because I did not kill all of them. I do want to have some blooming plants in the spring
  8. WashougalWonder

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    Hey, I am not sure what those are. I have seen black and green aphids. Neem is non toxic to us. Go get them.
  9. Gare0440

    Gare0440 Registered+

    neem is great. we used that as a pesticide in our highschool horticulture class. works like a charm:thumbsup:
  10. cldrdr420

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    so just wondering did you ever get rid of the bugs? if so please share your method. thanks!
  11. moody420

    moody420 Registered+

    i'm curious to know if you ever found out what those were....and if you were able to get rid of them?
  12. purplecrack

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    if u spray the plants then let ladybugs on will it kill them? cuz i use the ladybugs and they help bt i need maximum control
  13. demoreal

    demoreal Registered+

    do not spray

    if you use ladybugs do not spray
  14. purplecrack

    purplecrack Registered

    fer sure thx and another thing do i have to keep lettin ladybugs every week or two weeks? cuz alot of them die within a week. wat shuld i do?

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