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!


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!