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Miracle-Gro 18981 BugClear Ultra Gun, 1 Litre, Clear Bugs, Pests and Major Insects from Flowers, Fruit and Veg Plants

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If only a few pots are affected, try sifting the grubs out by hand. Squash any you find before repotting the plants in fresh compost and putting the rest in the bin. What about barriers for vine weevil? Onion thrips ( Thrips tabaci) Causes a whitish mottling on the leaves of onion and leeks. It also feeds ona wide range of other plants, including carnation, chrysanthemum, begonia, cyclamen, dahlia, tomato and cucumber. It causes silvering of the foliage and on some plants, such as dahlia, feeding at the shoot tips results in severely stunted growth and distorted leaves. Be aware that products such as Neem are not registered for use in the UK and we cannot advise they are used, Should you remove aphids? Tolerate aphids where possible. It is usual to have some in a healthy, balanced garden.They are a vital food source for a wide range of wildlife in the garden The adult beetles feed on the foliage of many herbaceous plants and shrubs, especially Rhododendron, evergreen Euonymus , Hydrangea , Epimedium, Bergenia, Primula and strawberry. Adults rarely cause enough damage to affect the vigour of plants.

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More serious is the damage can becaused by the soil-dwelling larvae, which are plump, white, legless grubs up to 10mm (about 3/8in)long with pale brown heads. These eat the roots of a wide range of plants andcan bore into tubers of cyclamen and begonia, and into stem bases of cacti and succulents. They can kill woody plants by gnawing away the outer tissues of the larger roots and stem bases. Most plant losses occur during September to March, when the grubs are becoming fully grown. Tolerate some thrips damage, despite extensive silvery mottling established outdoor shrubs will usually survive the presence of glasshouse thrips There are a range of options. The most direct is to keep an eye open for the adults and destroy any that you find. As the adult weevils tend to feed during the night, it's worth going out with a torch. Pesticide control The RHS believes that avoiding pests, diseases and weeds by good practice in cultivation methods, cultivar selection, garden hygiene and encouraging or introducing natural enemies, should be the first line of control. If chemical controls are used, they should be used only in a minimal and highly targeted manner.Yes, when Which? Gardening trialled controls we had most success with Scotts Bug Clear Ultra Vine Weevil Killer. It can only be used on pot-grown plants and can't be used on edible plants. What about biological controls for vine weevil? Vine-weevil grubs usually hatch after two weeks and immediately start to feed on the roots of their host. Fully-grown grubs burrow deeper into the soil to pupate, usually in late spring. Most adults do not emerge until the following June or July, when the whole cycle starts over again. Is the vine-weevil life cycle different indoors? Encourage wildlife in the garden. Vine weevils and their grubs are eaten by a variety of predators such as birds, frogs, toads, shrews, hedgehogs and predatory ground and rovebeetles In a heated greenhouse, vine weevils can feed and breed throughout the year, so all stages of the life cycle can be found. What can I do to protect my plants from vine weevils?

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Encourage natural enemies in gardens, for example the predatory bug Orius laevigatus can occur naturally Organic insecticides such as natural pyrethrum (e.g. Neudorff Bug Free Bug and Larvae Killer) are available and broad spectrum so will kill a wide range of insects A trap containing nematodes ( Steinernema carpocapsae), isavailable for controlling adult vine weevil. The traps should be placed on the ground below plants damaged by the weevils during the summer. The adults enter the trap during the day and are infected by the nematodesIn glasshouses it is possible to use glasshouse fumigants. Glasshouse should be sealed and instructions on the product label must be followed. An organic fumigant based on garlic is available as Pelsis Pest-Stop Biofume Greenhouse Fumigator and can be used when crop plants are present. Products based on the synthetic pyrethroid permethrin are available asDeadFast Greenhouse Smoke Generator, DeadFast Greenhouse Smoke Fumigator Ornamental plants grown in containers can be treated with the systemic neonicotinoid insecticide acetamiprid (e.g. Bug Clear Ultra Vine Weevil Killer) as a liquid drench applied to the compost. This insecticide gives protection against the grubs for up four months; treatment in mid- to late summer will control the young larvae and prevent damage occurring later in the autumn to spring period. This product cannot be used to treat edible plants or ornamental plants growing in the ground Biological controlfor the larvae is available as microscopic insect pathogenic nematodes. Several species and combinations are available ( Steinernema kraussei, Heterorhabditis megidis, H. bacteriophora and S. feltiae). They are availablefrom suppliers of biological controls and as sachet formulations available from some retail outlets. They are suitable for use in containers and in the open ground.For best results apply in August or early September when the soil temperature or potting mediais warm enough for the nematodes to be effective ( Steinernema species 5-20ºC/41-68ºF Heterorhabditus species 12-20ºC/ 54-68ºF) and before the vine weevil grubs have grown large enough to cause serious damage Plant invigorators combine nutrients to stimulate plant growth with surfactants or fatty acids that have a physical mode of action against thrips (e.g. Ecofective Bug Control, Growing Success Bug Stop, Rose Clear 3 in 1 Action SB Plant Invigorator and Westland Resolva Natural Power Bug & Mildew). These products contain some synthetic ingredients and so are not considered organic

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Plant invigorators that combinenutrientsto stimulate plant growth with surfactants or fatty acids also have a physical mode of action against aphids (e.g. Spot-On Bug Control, Growing Success Bug Stop, SB Plant Invigorator and Doff Universal Bug Control). These products contain some synthetic ingredients and so are not considered organic The life cycles of each aphid species differ in general for much of the year, aphid colonies consist of wingless females that give birth to live young. Winged forms develop when overcrowding,deterioration in the host plant or seasonal changes induce amove to another plant. Most aphid species overwinter as eggs but some can remain as active aphids, particularly in mild winters or on indoor plants.

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Always follow the instructions on the products. For edible plants, make sure the food plant is listed on the label and follow instructions on maximum number of applications, spray interval and harvest interval. The RHS recommends that you don't use pesticides.Most pesticides (including organic types) reduce biodiversity, including natural enemies, impact soil health and have wider adverse environmental effects. The adults are active between the end of June and October. In daylight you might spot the odd one walking across the patio or on the wall of the house. If you go out at night with a torch there’s a good chance you will see them feeding on the foliage. Don’t bother attempting control of aphids on trees as they are considered part of thebiodiversity trees support and natural enemies will normally reduce numbers Further information about the use of pesticides available for management of aphids is available on the pesticides for gardeners leaflet.

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