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Question: Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 20:34:09 -0400
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Question recieved from:
joan gaertner
howell, New Jersey 07731
County: monmouth
Country: USA
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Category: Pest Control
I was removing violas from the pot they were in and I was going to replace
them with another flower but use some of the old soil still in the pot
from March. But it was full of a beetle like bug. Are these harmful to
the flowers? I am only noticing them this year. Shuld i use something to
prevent them or kill them in my other flower pots?

Answer: Yes, these beetles are more than likely harmful. It is difficult to say which beetle is at work without a description, but most beetles do damage. I would throw away the soil with the beetles, wash out the container with a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water, and start over with fresh soil. Check your other containers for beetles, if they are infested, then yes, I would discard the soil and start anew.

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