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Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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tago
Apr 28, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Got a BIG problem with caterpillars I found on my Mystic Spire yesterday.
I used a reliable organic fungicide/miticide/insecticide and just picked another 7 off the plant today.
I have a feeling another product is necessary.
They seem to have voracious appetites and are making web like nests on the leaves too.
At this rate the plant may not last too long.
Any advice would really be appreciated.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 28, 2018 3:17 PM CST
Spray with BT.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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tago
Apr 28, 2018 6:10 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Spray with BT.


Thanks Philip,
Spray with BT? Uh..., wuts BT?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 28, 2018 6:50 PM CST
Bacillas thuringiensis...a bacteria that kills caterpillars. The SAFER brand is labeled "Caterpillar Killer" , but there are many other brands.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 28, 2018 7:47 PM CST
Yes, BT only kills the caterpillars and doesn't harm other things. Even if a bird or praying mantid comes along and eats the caterpillar after it has ingested the BT, the bird or mantid won't be harmed. One application usually is enough.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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tago
Apr 28, 2018 9:06 PM CST
Thanks for all your help I tip my hat to you.
Greatly appreciated.
Sincerely
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 29, 2018 6:14 AM CST
WOW 👍 Greene
I didn't know that about BT .
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Lovey dubby

Good day ! I tip my hat to you.
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 29, 2018 7:17 AM CST
Thanks for the acorn tip!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

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