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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:49 PM

anyone know of an aphid +/or white fly attractant?

got the lights set up trying to salvage some late starting hot peppers.
got good sticky traps, but the don't seem to be charming these guys. sap eaters, so sugar? syrup?
anybody?

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Reply anyone know of an aphid +/or white fly attractant? (Original post)
mopinko Dec 2012 OP
intaglio Dec 2012 #1
oldhippydude Dec 2012 #2
Curmudgeoness Dec 2012 #3
pinto Dec 2012 #4
mopinko Dec 2012 #5
kurtzapril4 Jan 2013 #6

Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:31 PM

1. See if you can pick up some ladybirds (trans. ladybugs)

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:07 PM

2. basil wrks as a trap crop for greenhouse whitefly

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:03 PM

3. Whenever I have had aphids,

I have swabbed the leaves and stems (whenever I see the infestations) with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol.

If it is whitefly, I have had to throw the plants away, I have never been able to have success indoors with them. Outdoors, I used a tobacco tea as a spray and it was very effective.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:26 PM

4. Are the traps yellow? We used to use large, bright yellow sticky traps in a greenhouse.

Simple, flat ping pong paddle size pieces of plastic. (Say that one four times fast...) Used mainly to monitor an infestation, changed daily. Yet they did provide some control - loaded with white flies after 24 hours.

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Response to pinto (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:36 PM

5. that's the one.

attracting a few bugs, but not many. it is really the aphids that are getting me.
got some more lights for xmas, including some that are incandescent. the extra bit of warmth seems like it might be helping, as they are in a chilly room.
cuz it's not enough for me to work the farm all summer. gotta go year round. yeah. cuz, cuz i'm crazy, that's why.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 09:37 AM

6. Ahhh....aphids

Parthenogenic little buggers. We sprayed them with a mixture of alcohol and water. Test on the leaves first, though, just in case, but alcohol usually doesn't bother leaves. Or you could use Safer's Soap, or Neem Oil. Or ladybugs, as mentioned by another poster. Aphids and spider mites also love still, warm air. After you have gotten rid of your aphids, you might try a putting a little fan in the area, just to get some air movement. Good Luck!

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