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Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 28, 2015 9:23 AM CST
Can you use pesticides on daylily seedlings?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 28, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Surface of soil might be too wet. You could try sprinkling sand or perlite on the top of the soil. Or make a solution with mosquito dunks containing Bti which affects flies, fungus gnats, mosquitoes. I'm always leery about putting chemicals of most kinds on "babies".
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Swayback
May 28, 2015 11:30 AM CST
Yes, a layer of sand on top of the soil will prevent their eggs from hatching, it's just too dry and they rarely hatch, when they do, they're little maggots of sorts and the sand defiantly dries them out before they can escape it and find the soil.

It might be hard to put a layer of sand down that's deep enough to stay dry on top, it's just going to depend on the size of your seedlings.

Also, regular fly paper can help gather a few adult, probably not enough to hurt their population but you could at least I'd them properly, that might help treatment.

The most effective thing I could suggest would be a "no pest strip" (I think). It's made by hotshot brand and looks like a car deodorizer bar.
If you can contain the seedling in a small space with the no pest strip for a day or 2, it will almost for sure nuke any bugs that are in the enclosed area...
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 28, 2015 1:15 PM CST
I forgot all about yellow sticky traps. Thanks for jogging my memory, Swayback. I have some that are on little plastic "sticks" that you can snap together to make as tall as you want that held smaller sticky strips. I could get them closer to the tops of the seedlings. They worked great and I didn't have any flying critters all winter in the little hobby GH.
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 29, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Thanks

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