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My Thai Dragon chilli plant is covered with whitefly

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by emmarose on September 20, 2005 08:36 PM
How do I get rid of whitefly? Is there any natural solution I could use rather than insectiside? Mum suggested leaving the plant outside but I think the weather might be too cold for it.

Thanks!

em x

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by weezie13 on September 20, 2005 09:29 PM
Let me see if the bug lady has any
suggestions!!!!

Hi Emma by the way!!! [wayey]

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by Buglady on September 21, 2005 02:00 AM
well, are you sure they are whiteflies? what kind of plant is it?

If whiteflies you can use Insecticidal soap on the underside of the leaves. That will target the immature stages. You hay have to do a few repeat applications.

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by Buglady on September 21, 2005 02:00 AM
oh sorry.. i see its a basil... Insecticidal soap should work fine if they are whiteflies.

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by emmarose on September 21, 2005 08:53 PM
Almost sure its whitefly - tiny little white things with wings that are about 2mm long. The infestation is getting quite bad (I was away and they decided to set up camp on it when I was gone - it was fine when I left), so I want to get rid of them before it kills the plant.

Hi weezie! [wayey]

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by weezie13 on September 21, 2005 10:09 PM
I think in greenhouse's they
put up yellow sticky papers
*kinda like those one's for flies??*
Have you ever seen those?

I know the yellow is good for attracking
the white flies *I thought the blue
stickie one's were for thrips..*

But maybe those fly tapes would work
too!

Do they have those where you live???

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by Buglady on September 21, 2005 10:41 PM
yellow sticky traps will attract ADULT whiteflies but not control the larva stage and that is what does the damage on the plants.

I use the yellow cards to keep track of adult populations in greenhouses. They are more for monitoring then a control method

you are still going to need to treat the larva on the plants. they look like small clearish bumps on the undersides of the leaves.

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by emmarose on September 22, 2005 04:20 PM
Yep, thats them. Will have to pop into the DIY store near me tonight and get an insectiside spray. They do have fly tapes here but they're only really for houseflies and bluebottles.

I love spicy food and am getting fierce excited about these chillis (I know - I need to get a life!!! [Big Grin] ) so if it dies on me now, especially when the chillis are really coming out, I'll cry!

Thanks all!

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by weezie13 on September 22, 2005 07:36 PM
Keep us posted will you!!!!

*I'd get a sticky tape thing
at least it could capture a few
of them so they don't go and
reproduce more of them pesky flies..

(I love hot peppers too..
grew jalapeno's and Cayenne's..for salsa)

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by Buglady on September 22, 2005 10:57 PM
you can use like yellow Dixie cups or yellow plastic plates and cover them with tanglefoot or any other sticky substance.

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by weezie13 on September 22, 2005 11:45 PM
Suzanne,
Would Petrolium Jelly work?????????

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by Buglady on September 22, 2005 11:54 PM
yes....

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by Coriander321 on November 12, 2005 09:13 PM
What a great idea!

Questions:
Where would you suggest placement of the cup?

Would you suggest a little shaking of the plant a couple times a day to get the flies stirring around?

Coriander321
by Buglady on November 12, 2005 10:57 PM
You want the trap near the canopy. Stick a down rod in the soil and hang it on the top of it. Don't need to shake the plant, they will find it.

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by Coriander321 on November 13, 2005 01:01 AM
OK.... duh, I set things on the bottom, because that's where I see them fly out the most.

I TRIED SOMETHING THIS MORNING: (and will let you know)

I have a Legend Tomato seedling in a giant pot, surrounded by some (just popping through) greek basil. I put HONEY on a piece of yellow plastic about the size of a silver dollar - right on top of the dirt, and so far (within 5 min.) ONE whitefly flew into it!!! Now about a million to go!

Question: How about mixing the vasoline with honey?

If it takes me this entire winter growing season (FLORIDA) I am going to crack the code on these white flies!

Coriander321
by Buglady on November 13, 2005 01:12 AM
well the whiteflies should not be on the soil line. They live on the foliage. Fungus gnats live on the top of the soil, about the same size as a whitefly but look more like a tiny mosquito.

you might also try spraying the undersides of the foliage with insecticidal soap, to kill the larval stage of the whiteflies.

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by Coriander321 on November 13, 2005 01:20 AM
Thanks, Suzanne, I will do that!
Coriander321

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