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Dec 5, 2017 12:36 PM CST

I have flower bushes that have had aphids, mealy bug and maybe disease. I was wondering what is the best product to use? I would prefer systemic, and possibly 3 in 1.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Dec 5, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Bayer 3 in 1 works well...for awhile, but the bugs eventually become immune to it due to over use. Keep in mind that the systemics not only kill pests, but also the pollinators, including honey bees. It is usually best to start with the least lethal like soap and change as needed..
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Dec 5, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Insecticidal Soap works well for most insects and, because of the way it works, the insects don't build up a resistance to it. But, you have to use the real stuff (not home made) and, as its a contact spray, you will have to spray repeately until the bugs are gone.
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Dec 7, 2017 12:17 PM CST
How long does it take for the insects to get use to Bayer 3 in 1?

Also which would you say is the best product:
bonide systemic insecticide
6 mths fertilome tree & shrub drench
Fertilome 2 in 1 Systemic
Bayer Advanced 3 in 1
Dec 7, 2017 12:18 PM CST

I want all the options for the best 3 in 1 systemic
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Dec 7, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Use any product that contains imidacloprid.

You don't need 3 in 1 because you only have 1 problem (insects).

Daisy's suggestion of insecticidal soap will work better (faster) than a systemic on a problem where the insects are evident, and it's way better for the environment (bees included) than all the extra unnecessary chemicals.
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