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TooFarNorth

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Natural pest control
« on: July 28, 2018, 09:12:28 AM »
 

Second batch of bug eaters from this nest this year. Almost any time of day I can see dozens of "my babies" working hard to keep the bug population down. I think they are barn swallows, but I am not a birdologist..Lol  Go babies go!!!


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Re: Natural pest control
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 01:35:06 PM »
I have tried ordering ladybugs repeatedly to try to control cottony cushion scale but they haven't helped at all.  The Vedalia type that famously destroys CCS doesn't seem to be available to order, only common ladybugs which don't seem interested in them.  I have been thinking about getting some small lizards for general insect control but am still stuck with spraying for scale.

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Re: Natural pest control
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 05:05:21 PM »
Luckily, I haven't seen any CCS on any of my trees, but I do get occasional flare ups of some type of armored scale. They only seem to bother my greenhouse trees. My outdoor trees seem to have enough beneficial insects to control scale. I do get aphids on some of my trees at times, but a good blast from the hose keeps them at bay. I started seeing some red spots and splatters on some of my trees, and on one tree it looked like a full blown crime scene. Then I found the culprit...... Praying Mantis. I hope they don't kill all my ladybugs, but they can eat all the leaf chewing grasshoppers they want.  I find a lot of moth wings on the leaves of my trees. I think my birds are doing their job.

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