White nats on houseplants

nikkineel(GA 8/7b)February 19, 2009

I have several plants in the sunroom including some rooted stuff. I have a BUNCH of those white nats on the leaves of some of them. What do I do? Is there something I can buy to get rid of them? Natural remedies? UUGGGHH Nikki

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PVick(6b NYC)

Are you talking whiteflies? If so, they can be hard to get rid of, a real pain. I used Safer Insecticidal soap to help me last year when I had an infestation on some overwintering plants inside. It was a constant battle, and I ended up dumping the plant that probably started it all; after that, things got under control.

Check out this site:
Managing whiteflies

Hope this helps ....

PV

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 4:05AM
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floodthelast(5 N. OH)

I had a mite infestation this year and had to have terminex spray everything in the kitchen. We tend to get carpenter ants too. Sigh.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 9:36AM
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barefoot_contessa(5a)

I am fighting fruit flies! What a pain. I have too many critters and kiddos to use chemicals, so I have been sitting out lids full of vinegar and that seems to clear them out for awhile. It all started because I left my compost bowl out on the counter over night without dumping outside :-(.
Grrrrrrrrrrrr.........

Carrie

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 5:22PM
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floodthelast(5 N. OH)

On the up side the terminex ppl, check up with us every six months and spray again for free. I asked and their spray is kid, animal and plant friendly. Still not so beneficial bug friendly I suppose. I guess the places I really need helpful bugs is farther away from the house so I am ok with this.

While it is entirely gross, you could get some fly strips and hang them above the kids reach. It might cut the population some.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 12:17PM
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