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Name: Grist David
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June 21, 2000
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 20:34:09 -0400
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joan gaertner
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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 from NGA
June 21, 2000
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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