Bug Spray

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Bug Spray
« on: April 30, 2010, 06:38 »
I went to buy a spray with pyrethroid for my broad beans but could not find one that had that on the packaging, the shops sell lots of sprays that seem to cover all sort of bugs for veg, are these good to use?

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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 09:01 »
most "bug" problems are aphids - a dilute solution of washing up liquid sprayed on them will be fine and not pose a threat to bees visiting the flowers and ladybirds feeding off the aphids  ;)  Indiscriminate bug spray can be very harmful to all insects including the beneficial ones.
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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 10:03 »
Picking of the soft top growth of broad beans usually removes all the blackfly, if that's what the problem is :)


Py spray is one brand usually stocked in garden centres
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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 10:13 »
I'm not entirely sure about the legality of home-made insecticides but if you find yourself washing out your sprayer with a teaspoon of washing up liquid in a litre of water and inadvertently forget to empty it out and then absent-mindedly find yourself spraying your aphid-infested plants you will find that it really does work!  :)
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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 17:15 »
Thanks for all your feedbback, I will try the washing up liquid then!

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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 07:13 »
most "bug" problems are aphids - a dilute solution of washing up liquid sprayed on them will be fine and not pose a threat to bees visiting the flowers and ladybirds feeding off the aphids  ;)  Indiscriminate bug spray can be very harmful to all insects including the beneficial ones.
Would the soapy spray work against cabbage white caterpillars ?

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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 08:04 »
Would the soapy spray work against cabbage white caterpillars ?

If only!

But add some chilli and garlic whizzed into water, soaked overnight and strained into the same sprayer and you'll be onto a winner.

ALL the old boys on my lottie now do this, after the first year when they looked on in sympathy at me and all my cabbage whites disappeared overnight.

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Re: Bug Spray
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 09:42 »
Would the soapy spray work against cabbage white caterpillars ?

If only!

But add some chilli and garlic whizzed into water, soaked overnight and strained into the same sprayer and you'll be onto a winner.

ALL the old boys on my lottie now do this, after the first year when they looked on in sympathy at me and all my cabbage whites disappeared overnight.
I will give this a go, Thank you



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