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Post  dstack 12/11/2013, 2:47 pm

affraid Just as I feared, the bugs have found my cuke seedlings already! They're too young to die!!!  No  LOL 

Time to try some new things, as we all know the definition of "insanity." So I'm going to mix the cayenne pepper version of this recipe (below) tonight. I've been hoping to find a use for the excessive amount of cayenne pepper that I have. I'll let you know how it goes.


This is from "Natural Solutions to Things That BUG You!" by Dr. Myles H. Bader, which a master gardener recommended (same guy who created a MONSTER by lending me "THE BOOK")...
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Post  sanderson 12/11/2013, 2:54 pm

Photo of the pest? Looking forward to your results.
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Post  CapeCoddess 12/11/2013, 3:36 pm

I won't use pepper anymore ever since I hear how dangerous it could be to animals. Please be mindful of your cat's locations when using it and keep them away from it afterward.

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Post  dstack 12/11/2013, 4:05 pm

sanderson wrote:Photo of the pest?  Looking forward to your results.

DSTACK: Once again, I can't get out of this quote box...  I'll have to double check, but I'm pretty sure these are the same critters that originally invaded my cukes, and photos are earlier in this thread. It's the yellowish/greenish aphids.  


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Post  dstack 12/11/2013, 4:08 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:I won't use pepper anymore ever since I hear how dangerous it could be to animals.  Please be mindful of your cat's locations when using it and keep them away from it afterward.

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DSTACK: I have a feeling this quote box issue is a Chrome weakness. Anyway, CC, thanks for the warning. I'll be cautious with my garden cats. They've been pretty good about not getting into the beds where I'll be using it. 


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Post  camprn 12/11/2013, 4:16 pm

dstack wrote:
sanderson wrote:Photo of the pest?  Looking forward to your results.

DSTACK: Once again, I can't get out of this quote box...  I'll have to double check, but I'm pretty sure these are the same critters that originally invaded my cukes, and photos are earlier in this thread. It's the yellowish/greenish aphids.  


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I fixed your quote box.

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Post  camprn 12/11/2013, 4:21 pm

Good Lord! silly me LOL

Anyway, those buggies are aphids and the insecticidal soap and water spray should help. Also, lady beetles and mantis love to eat them.

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Post  donnainzone5 12/11/2013, 4:23 pm

Dstack,

Those do appear to be aphids. A simple--if temporary-- fix is to spray those critters away with water. Of course, this assumes that additional moisture won't contribute to PM!
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Post  dstack 12/12/2013, 8:44 pm

Thanks for the other suggestions, but I had my heart set on trying this method. I've done the water spraying, and spraying neem oil to prevent mildew. I really need something as safe, but aggressive, as possible to repel these bugs. So I've made my batch of garlic/cayenne pepper with a little twist. I added a few drops of Dawn detergent, and about twice as much garlic and pepper than what the recipe calls for. And then after it sat 24 hours, I used the blender, then strained it into the sprayer.

What recipe? It's posted at the very top of this thread.
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Post  dstack 12/13/2013, 12:33 pm

In addition, I took the pulp from the mixture, and placed it around each cuke seedling. My garden reeks of garlic and cayenne pepper! But if it keeps the bugs away, I'll be very pleased.

One thing I've noticed is that these bugs are not the same kind of bug as the yellowish/greenish aphids in the pics above. These are brown! I've read that aphids come in many different colors, so it could be chocolate aphids (my made up name), or mites. Does it really make any difference? I want them out whatever they are.  Mad
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Post  Marc Iverson 12/13/2013, 1:04 pm

Ooh, so the ants herding the aphids are getting chocolate milk?
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Post  sanderson 12/13/2013, 1:23 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:Ooh, so the ants herding the aphids are getting chocolate milk?

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Post  dstack 12/13/2013, 1:24 pm

Yes, this is our Princess Mimi. She wanted to be a Chistmas ornament. :-D
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Post  Marc Iverson 12/13/2013, 2:08 pm

*sigh* reminds me of our lost cat who used to do that.
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Post  dstack 12/13/2013, 2:19 pm

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Post  sanderson 12/13/2013, 2:25 pm

Ditto :-(
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Post  donnainzone5 12/13/2013, 2:36 pm

Ditto again.
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