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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 3, 2020 1:27 PM CST
I have some kind of orange blooming asclepias. Could be tuberosa, could be something else...its potted, i was told its not hardy.
Either way, not native...though somehow it got pollinated and made a pod before i got it...
So..during its blooming season, around late august/early September, we have undergone a catastrophic moth infestation...(im talking swarms of moths in my apartment)..
I ended up killing up to 30 moths each night for 3 days...
Could a non native milkweed attract so many moths?They were small and brown btw..
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 2:21 PM CST
Pollinators don't care if the target plant is a native. If they have the right equipment to pollinate a milkweed, they will. Along with butterflies, milkweed are also pollinated by bees and ants. My native Milkweed are often pollinated by European Honeybees.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 3, 2020 9:44 PM CST
But would it attract moths?
Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 3, 2020 9:49 PM CST
It could attract moths, but more likely somewhere was a lot of eggs laid in an outdoor plant that generated the caterpillars. You would have seen them (caterpillars) or noticed the damage to plant leaves as they grew and pupated. Any plant that is left outdoors can become a source of indoor swarms. You didn't show us the plant, but as to the other, insects are drawn to colors like a honeybee, red, orange, yellow and blue can attract all sorts of good and bad insects
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 3, 2020 9:51 PM CST
kittriana said:It could attract moths, but more likely somewhere was a lot of eggs laid in an outdoor plant that generated the caterpillars. You would have seen them (caterpillars) or noticed the damage to plant leaves as they grew and pupated. Any plant that is left outdoors can become a source of indoor swarms. You didn't show us the plant, but as to the other, insects are drawn to colors like a honeybee, red, orange, yellow and blue can attract all sorts of good and bad insects


I sprayed it with insecticide. And for the time being, the plant was indoors when it started. The moths came from the outside. Im in an apartment...and all the outdoor plants have been sprayed with insecticide as well...
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 10:42 PM CST
Stefan, you asked: Could a non native milkweed attract so many moths?

The answer is yes.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 3, 2020 10:44 PM CST
Well.....i should probably use a lot more insecticide then...
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 10:49 PM CST
Don't breathe.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 4, 2020 2:50 AM CST
Ok, the insecticide would kill the butterflies it is to feed, unless you are growing it for you and not the butterfly caterpillars. There is a soaking solution for soils when plants are brought from outdoors to the indoors, I know, but soils carry eggs too, Since my plants all live outside I will have to find out how and what is used for zones that tote plants in and out - unless someone else watching this thread? knows how to do this already? and it will work on all your plants. Asclepias do have a lot of insects that use it for a food source..
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skopjecollection
May 4, 2020 2:55 AM CST
...im absolutely not growing it for the purpose of breeding bugs.
Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 4, 2020 3:17 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I feel you, I need my Canadian contacts to remind me of the stuff they soak their plants in at the end of summer, they swear by it, I know they sink them to the rim in a soapy solution and some will use a neem oil or pyrethrin type product. Not sure how the asclepias would deal with that much water, but I think 10 min might be enough
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skopjecollection
May 4, 2020 3:21 AM CST
Dont think either of those will work. Am gonna use copious amounts of my own stuff...
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sallyg
May 4, 2020 8:11 AM CST
Have we ruled out simply some household pest moth?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 4, 2020 8:14 AM CST
sallyg said:Have we ruled out simply some household pest moth?


Weve had moths before..but man... i killed over thirty each night. Numbers were a lot higher than that. This was not normal....
Its never happened before...until i got the asclepias which was blooming at the time...
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 4, 2020 3:34 PM CST
I use, even outdoors, a light dusting of self rising flour around my plants, even outside, flour is candy to the caterpillars and insects, but the self rising parts kill them. Soap does kill bugs, I have it on the best resources it smothers and dehydrates them.
So many roads to take, choices to make, and laughs to share!
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Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
May 5, 2020 4:35 PM CST
Finally got the answer. Stiff brush to remove salts and dirt from the pots, then 1 part unscented bleach to 9 parts water, soak 10 to 15 min, remove and water with clear water (plastic pots) for terra cotta pots you need to soak in clean water for another 10 to 15 min to get rid of the possible bleach remaining. This is proven to remove a lot of overwintering bugs, making it possible to live indoors with the plants. Welcome!
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