Bugs & Pests Christine's garden

Bugs and things …

I spent the better part of last Sunday spraying all my plants that had any creepies on them with the organic insecticide I bought and I felt pretty proud of myself afterwards, believing I had rid my garden of all the “nasties”. The spray container I have only holds 1 litre of water which I then add the insecticide too, then pump and spray. With only one litre and many plants to spray, I was running backwards and forwards refilling the container to get all the plants affected done. After that I did some cutting back of plants (to make them bush) etc. etc. All in all it felt like I had worked pretty hard. I’ve been very busy with work this week and have had hardly any time to check on things so Dexter and I did a walkabout now – and I was well rewarded with lots of new leaves sprouting on some plants that got cut back, all the sprayed plants look bug free …

But then … it seems like they all packed up shop on the sprayed plants and moved to one of my Camellias! The whole plant is covered in these things and ants are feeding on them!

Here they are. I am assuming they are Aphids. Can you tell? (you can click on the photos to see the large versions). Whatever they are I think the Ludwigs spray should get rid of them too. Dang, I thought I was through with the spraying for a while …

[one_half]Bugs on Camellias

[one_half_last]Bugs on Camellias[/one_half_last]

Tomorrow I am going to go get me one of these bug sprayer thingys… My specs? It must hold about 5 litres of fluid, be reasonably light and east to use! Going to zap those bugs once and for all!

Bug sprayer thingy!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

2 replies on “Bugs and things …”

Hi Barbs – I got me a bigger sprayer this afternoon – similar to the pic in the post above – it holds 4 litres and I think less pumping required. Will test it tomorrow when I nuke the aphids – shame, their hours are numbered now!

Oh yes – they look like aphids alright – fat and swollen. They suck out the juice of leaves and flowers and destroy the growth of the beautiful flower. They are such a pest. I am certain that the Ludwig organic insecticide will nuke them. You have to keep a watch over these pesky creatures. Then you also find that where there are aphids, there are ants! So if you can get the aphids, you avoid the ants. A delecate balance, I have to say. Pest control is an ongoing task. I have been fortunate in buying a Worm Farm. This is the answer to all the pest problems – natural and chemical-free!! I will blog on this soon.

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