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May 11, 2020 3:06 PM CST
Name: Klara
Croatia, Europe (Zone 8a)
Cat Lover
I've been dealing with these bugs for last few months. Is there any other way of getting rid of them except using alcohol, water, soap solution or pesticides?
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Last edited by Klara333 May 12, 2020 8:38 AM Icon for preview
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May 11, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Wiping with a dry cloth will not be effective. You need some kind of liquid solution to spray and wipe onto the plant. What is your objection to soap and water?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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May 11, 2020 3:24 PM CST
Name: Klara
Croatia, Europe (Zone 8a)
Cat Lover
I've been spraying it with alcohol solution (water, ethanol, and a bit of soap) once a week for last 2 and a half months but without succues, so I wanted to know is there any other way that might work better.
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
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May 11, 2020 5:23 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
It is your timing that might be off!
3 total sprays!
First one say tomorrow,
Second spray a week to ten days later.
Third spray a week to ten days after that.

If the gap is too large for example between 1 and 2, they could hatch the day after you spray, live, mate and lay eggs before you spray again. Their life spans are very short. You must spray according to their life cycle, not according to your schedule. 50-50 water and Isopropyl alcohol and a couple of drops of dish soap in a quart spray bottle.
Good luck!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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May 12, 2020 7:23 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The key to success with any non-pesticidal treatment is thoroughness of coverage. The solution has to make direct contact with every critter to be effective. If you miss a few, they will reproduce and the infestation will return. When you spray, cover all leaf and stem surfaces so that the solution flows and washes over those surfaces. Tiny pests can survive in between spray droplets. When done right it is a very messy task, but a single treatment may be adequate.

Pesticides have a residual effect leaving toxins even after the spray has dried. Pests will subsequently come in contact with that pesticidal residue and die. That is why pesticides can be more effective or at least easier to apply. But they are hazardous to use and not good for the environment.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 12, 2020 8:36 AM CST
Name: Klara
Croatia, Europe (Zone 8a)
Cat Lover
Thank you, I got it. In Croatia you have to have special certificate to be able to buy (most)pesticides, which I don't have, so it's not an option for me.
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
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May 12, 2020 8:37 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Good for Croatia! Hurray!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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