Aphids

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Armleywhite

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Aphids
« on: March 03, 2013, 13:51 »
Hi. Apologies if this is already covered but I couldn't find anything.

What's the best treatment for whitefly, infact any aphid on chilli plants, or any other plant for that matter?  I'd obviously like to keep the fruit edible so would preferably like to stay away from harsh insecticides if possible.

Thanks in advance. :)

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Re: Aphids
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 14:09 »
Although they are both sap-suckers, most aphids can't fly, whereas whiteflies will do just that if you disturb the plant.

If I get some on my chilies I take them outside on a not-too cold day, give them a few flicks over an hour or so and then bring them back in. I can't pretend it's a complete cure, but it does reduce the numbers.

You could also try "sticky traps" the modern version of fly-paper, but after that you're talking about an insecticide like Provado Ultimate Bug Killer.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2013, 14:14 by JayG »
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Re: Aphids
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 16:51 »
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RHS: for much of the year, aphid colonies consist of wingless females that give birth to live young. Winged forms develop when overcrowding or deterioration in the host plant induces a need to move to another plant.
The RHS site
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=181

lists some natural and synthetic pesticides.

You could also spray with a few drops of washing up liquid in a litre of water - although I have to advise that it's not licensed as a pesticide so is illegal  ::) 


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Re: Aphids
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 18:15 »
Hi. Apologies if this is already covered but I couldn't find anything.

What's the best treatment for whitefly, infact any aphid on chilli plants, or any other plant for that matter?  I'd obviously like to keep the fruit edible so would preferably like to stay away from harsh insecticides if possible.

Thanks in advance. :)

You'd be lucky to find a harsh insecticide these days  :(

Decent (if illegal yadda yadda) ideas here: http://organicgardening.about.com/od/pestcontrol/a/spraysforaphids.htm

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Re: Aphids
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 18:34 »
Site info: Members sometimes discuss making their own pesticides or uses for commercial products beyond those they are licensed for. Whilst not wishing to stifle free speech, this site does not suggest or condone the illegal use of pesticides and would suggest members consider this article:

Home made pest controls



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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 18:54 »
Tomato leaf spray? ......I've seen aphids on tomatoes! Glasshouse white fly is harder to control than most types of aphid, SBK plant invigorator might do the trick if repeat applications are applied.

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Re: Aphids
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2013, 21:31 »
Cheers everyone.  Owt helps, as in previous years my chilli plants have become inundated with the little *.  The way I have combat them is to take them out and give them a blast of water from the hose.  I just wondered if anyone had other ideas

Ta very muchly. :)



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