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Old 04-15-2008, 06:34 AM   #1
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Default Aphids!!!!

Out of all 7 varieties my Magnum is the only one that has aphids. What is a good method of KILLING those little suns of &itches? Without hurting the hops of course.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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What I used on my tomatoes and citrus last year was a spray of 1 tbl of non-ultra dish soap to 1 gallon water. I have not yet used this spray on my hops but plan on as soon as they show up. Yooper's husband reports that I should add hot sauce to that mixture.

That spray kills them but doesn't do anything to prevent them (that may be what the hot sauce is for). Several applications with about a 3 day spread should do it.

Try and kill any ants in the area also, they farm the aphids.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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best and easiest is ladybugs! you can buy them by the thousands for a few dollars.

http://www.ladybuglady.com/LadybugsFAQ.htm

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Old 04-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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I used a solution of tobacco juice and water that really did well. But would not use it after hops buds show up.

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+1 for the lady bugs!

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Old 04-15-2008, 02:25 PM   #6
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I am pretty sure the soap spray will kill the lady bugs too.

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why would you even need the soap spray after you have the ladybugs?

One ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids a day

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I have read that ladybugs are the best but most tend to fly away soon. They say if you put the ladybugs in the refrigerator overnight before releasing them on your plants they will stick around longer and eat more aphids.

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Ladybugs or Lacewings are natural predators.

Garlic is a natural repellent for both Aphids and Spider Mites. It's easy to plant too. Something about off-gases from the growing plant are noxious to both critters.

Soapy water, Nicotine, Diatomaceous Earth and even a Baking Soda and water solution are said to have mixed results in controlling outbreaks.

[start rant] Me, I need a cat repellent. Have tried water, a daisy, cayenne pepper, and chicken wire. AND I STILL FIND SURPRISE PACKAGES. ARRRRGH!

Sadly, it's become a local versus stray battle of the senses. My cats try to cover what the strays have left behind. I can watch my own cats but have no idea when the strays are coming in. And they always go for the same mound. [/rant]

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[start rant] Me, I need a cat repellent. Have tried water, a daisy, cayenne pepper, and chicken wire. AND I STILL FIND SURPRISE PACKAGES. ARRRRGH!

Sadly, it's become a local versus stray battle of the senses. My cats try to cover what the strays have left behind. I can watch my own cats but have no idea when the strays are coming in. And they always go for the same mound. [/rant]
Marigolds man, I planted some around my hills to help keep the nemotodes out, they do a good job for cats too.
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