The yellow sticky traps catch whiteflies and are a good Integrated pest management tool to know how much of a problem you are having with whiteflies. They make blue sticky cards that are supposed to be good against thrips I guess.
Well, I thought I had escaped the bug problem this winter. A pot I brought in to overwinter must have had aphids on it, and when the plants withered they produced flying offspring and guess what they found? My lettuce! At least my media bed hasn't started yet, as plants would be harder to remove so I'd have to spray them with water and knock off the beasties.
I'm going downstairs for some serious dunking. Fishies get aphid soup tonight.
Sorry to hear that, Paul, but I've been in the same situation here for about a month now. Started on some tomato plants, and I it on all my tomato and pepper plants. Funny thing is last year they wouldn't touch the tomato plants. Can't really duck 10 - 15 ft vines so I resorted to 3 rounds of ladybugs. I now have ladybug eggs all over the place...and very few ladybugs (this always happens and I have no idea where they go! It is a pretty buttoned up greenhouse...at least I thought it was). The larvae are the big eaters so when they hatch it will be great, but meanwhile I still need to get rid of the aphids. A couple weeks ago I went to Neem and started spraying that 2x a week after spraying the plants down with a blast of water. I also took out the oldest tomato plants. Seems to be starting to work. Far fewer of the little beasties.on the remaining plants now. Hope the baby lady bugs aren't disappointed when they show up.
Did the dunking work? Love doing that! So satisfying.
The dunking resulted in happy fish! They could see the adults floating on the surface and they were getting hit. Still, about half an hour after I was done I could see the survivors crawling on the edge of the FT. Today I found about 5 aphids on the plants still, so I'm going to dunk them again tomorrow after work to hopefully mop up any stragglers. Fortunately right now I'm kinda at low ebb for plants, and the ones I do have aren't very big so they're easy to dunk.
Sounds like you got most of them, and happy fish as well. Good dea.
this guy keeps returning. I don't think he can get much more than a guppy. For aphids I use a tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of dish washing soap, and some molasses in a spray bottle of water. I got this from Murray. It really works. I just spray the leaves top and bottom. I do this about once a week or if I see aphids.
Ick. That's a Tomato Hornworm, isn't it? The first time I saw one of those bad boys I was pruning back a big tomato plant and came face to face with one and screamed. It was so big, and looked just like the worm that smokes the hookah pipe in Alice in Wonderland. They can do a massive amount of damage very quickly. Do your fish like to eat them?
Pretty funny about the bird, as long as he sticks with the small guys. Reminds me of my dog - a pretty harmless pest, but she sure tries hard.