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mesh to keep whiteflies away?

Post  Barry M on Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:50 am

Hi,

It seems that every year (starting in September) whiteflies attack my dwarf pomegranate bonsai.  So, these past few years I have been bringing the plant indoors on August 15. This year I've been considering surrounding the plant with mesh having tiny mesh spaces.  The spaces are just 0.6 millimeter wide.  I believe (from my reading) the whiteflies are about 1.5 millimeter in Length but I don't know how WIDE they are. Can they squeeze through the mesh and attack my plant or will they be kept out??  Thank you.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:11 pm

I cant speak to the mesh, but why not try a systemic insecticide, coupled with an insecticidal soap spray ?
(easy DIY recipes on line for the spray)

bringing your pom inside in the middle of August is robbing it of almost 2 months of outdoor happiness !

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Post  Barry M on Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:42 pm

kevin stoeveken wrote:I cant speak to the mesh, but why not try a systemic insecticide, coupled with an insecticidal soap spray ?
(easy DIY recipes on line for the spray)

bringing your pom inside in the middle of August is robbing it of almost 2 months of outdoor happiness !

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I neglected to say that anything at all toxic would not work for us. My wife insists on that. Regarding your point about losing almost two months of good growing time, I agree that it's a shame.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:24 pm

DIY insecticidal soap is non toxic...
its just water, dish soap, vegetable oil and rubbing alcohol...

I will try to find and post the recipe

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Post  yamasuri on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:37 pm

Thanks Kevin very simple will try ASAP Smile
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