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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 2, 2016 12:42 PM CST
On the Tropicals Forum: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1260754/

I'm of course aware of the Zika outbreak but hadn't even thought about the possibility of having to remove Bromeliads from the landscape! With all this rain we've had the past couple of days I'm going to have to spray the broms in my yard.
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Sep 2, 2016 1:13 PM CST
This is what I use.
https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=summit+mosquito+b...
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Name: lhjbbw
Central Florida
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lhjbbw
Sep 3, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Hi plantladylin Smiling

We have 2 things in common; gardening and Doodles!! That's a cute doodle there..Zika cause in the garden is something we never thought about.

Take precautions and be safe and careful..
lhjbbw
Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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JamesAcclaims
Sep 3, 2016 9:51 AM CST
That's what I use too, Alice! I've never had any issue with use in my broms. I hope the coastal areas of Texas don't catch on and try to tell me to rip out and dispose of my broms! Sad
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 3, 2016 10:29 AM CST
@lhjbbw, my husband and I are also in Central Florida so it looks like we have 3 things in common ... or maybe 4 because we love the mountains too and your avatar photo reminds me of the Smoky Mountains where we used to love to vacation. Lovey dubby

Our pups are actually Golden Retrievers but we love Doodles too (both Goldendoodles and Labradoodles) and we thought about a doodle before going with another golden. These are our two boys, Boeing (Bo) who is 3 years old and little Toby who is 3 months old!
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Sep 3, 2016 3:20 PM CST
WOW, Toby is growing up!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 9, 2016 11:37 AM CST
He's still so fluffy and cute though. On the Zika thing, first of all in my opinion it's being way overblown by the media. We can't prevent the spread of Zika until a vaccine is available because there will always be some mosquitoes.

I think until the medical boffins develop the vaccination for it, we just have to be super careful not to get bitten, and yes, mosquito control is part of that. But here in Florida, all County governments have done mosquito abatement for years. They know how to do it right and generally do a good job. People are in a panic about Zika even though there are not many areas that have seen it so far even in Florida. Plus, as seen on the news when some careless person at a County abatement department got over-zealous, millions of bees were also killed by the extra spraying that was done incorrectly. Talk about doing more harm than good!

The actual illness you get from Zika is not that terrible for most people although just like flu and other things, it can progress to dangerous stuff like pneumonia in elderly folks and those with immune deficiency. The effect on babies born to Zika infected mothers is the really serious result of Zika. If you're not a woman of child-bearing age, it's not that serious.

I have always either filled up the cups of my bromeliads with coffee grounds, or sprinkled Mosquito Bits (which are small pieces of Mosquito Dunk, that come in a jar) into them. I never see any mosquito larvae in the cups of my broms.
Elaine

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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Sep 9, 2016 3:16 PM CST
I agree the virus for most people is harmless but if a mosquito bites someone carrying the virus then bites a young person, male or female, the results can be devastating. Having worked with persons with developmental disabilities for much of my adult life I feel strongly about doing anything possible to prevent it. If it takes media hype and hysteria to wake people up then it is worth it if. Sadly, the spraying be enough unless we all take responsibility for standing water. The bee kill in SC was just pure stupidity. They sprayed too late in the day and, most importantly, they neglected to inform the bee keepers.
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mkb136
Nov 22, 2016 9:18 AM CST
They have sprayed so much for this there taking out good things. I fish salt water and they have sprayed so much the ghost crab i fish with are scarce. I can just imagine what other effects its having no one's thinking like the bee's . Its a shame pollute the ocean with human waste our drinking water. Its a real shame.

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