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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jun 2, 2020 3:43 AM CST
I had a severe infestation of aphids last year on my tomatoes. They are already on my tomatoes this year, and I have begun spraying them already. I'm using an insecticidal soap product that has the addition of Spinosad. 4 days after spraying I have more aphids showing up. My question: what would be the minimum number of days between spraying this product to avoid damaging the plants? Please do not advise to use simple water on the aphids; I tried this last year with poor to no positive results.
Thanks for your input!
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oneeyeluke
Jun 3, 2020 1:12 AM CST
The best course of action is to release Beneficial Nematodes every year. Even better than that, would be Aphid midges. These tiny, delicate flies are your allies in the battle against aphids. When pests become impossible to get rid of, you need to get help from other insects. They can be a little expensive but they are worth the money in the long run.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
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gardenfish
Jun 3, 2020 1:32 AM CST
Wow, thanks Luke. Sounds like what I need. Do you have a line where I can purchase these? If I'm going to have these huge invasions every year, the cost is certainly worth it; both in time spent in the garden and my mental condition! Hilarious!
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Container Gardener Lilies Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Zinnias
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gardenfish
Jun 3, 2020 1:34 AM CST
Luke, I did notice a few lady bugs out there yesterday, but not enough to take care of the problem. I just had a hatch of mantises, but do they eat aphids?
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