Sunday, November 6, 2011

Now I'm really Bugged!


This is neat picture if you are studying bugs, but not if you are trying to keep a tuberose alive over the winter. It was interesting to watch these bugs move in the sunlight like dust in the air. I guess they are spider mites. This web and its inhabitants are going out to the cold compost bin. Obviously one plant ICU is insufficient here. I cleaned away the dead plant material and watered the plants in this area. I remembered getting some advice  before, and I searched my blog to find it.  My search took me back to this  article.  I'm mixing up spray today of 50% water, 50% alcohol and a couple of drops of dish washing soap. I'm just using vodka instead of rubbing alcohol. Since I eat some of my plants, I hope my plants will be happy with that and that the bugs will die  instead of have a party. Next it's showers for everybody even me. All these little bugs make my skin crawl!

2 comments:

NellJean said...

I've sprayed with alcohol and water before for mealybugs. Sometimes for the big bugs I just use alcohol and a q-tip. I like the idea of vodka instead of rubbing alcohol.

cosmosandcleome said...

Ooh! I like the idea of the vodka. Be sure to let us know how well it worked!