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HELP !! How do I get rid of white fly ?

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    Question HELP !! How do I get rid of white fly ?

    It seems hubby brought these into the growroom on plants he wintered over from outside !! How do I get rid of them ? Sticky traps ?? Spray ?? I have buds and don't want to damage them...also how bad are they for orchids ??

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    Are you sure they are white fly and not those annoying, but kind of harmless fungus gnats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TundraKev
    Are you sure they are white fly and not those annoying, but kind of harmless fungus gnats?

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    Kev,
    I am for certain..they are white and fly quickly when a plant is disturbed !I told hubby last night I suspected they were on one of his plants .He decided to move the fushia that had them while I was gone to the gym...and now they are all over my orchids ! Boo Hoo! He probably carried them into the sunroom also! Is this grounds for divorce ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilda
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    IIs this grounds for divorce ?

    Yes it is. You get everything. He has to leave tonight.

    I haven't had these on orchids, but I have had them on seedling stuff. I love malathion. It seems to kill just about everything. Don't spray it indoors, though. I'm sure others will suggest less toxic methods, but I just have a thing for this stuff. Probably because I know it will work.

    Don't forget to treat all the plants that had the problem to begin with or you will just keep on getting reinfected.

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    White fly is nasty, irritating, and hard as hell to get rid of. I personally wouldn't mess with home remedies on that, and even pesticide needs to be reapplied several times before an infestation is brought under control. Malathion works well if you don't mind the odor.

    I don't know about grounds for divorce, but definitely grounds for getting hubby to do the spraying on everything.

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    good luck Gilda!

    [i'm sure he feels pretty bad - probably worth spraying them all and a dinner or two.....now that it's warming up, maybe a short road trip too]

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    To give the whitefly a hard time increase air movement & humidity.

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    Oh, Gilda...I feel for ya! I hate whiteflies. A few years ago I had a similar situation. The problem with whiteflies is that they leave where you're spraying as soon as you even get close to the plant. I found and used 1600 X-clude, an aerosol that can be used both inside your home and in greenhouses. You can use it as a "room" spray or individual plant spray. BUT...you MUST follow the instructions and NOT get too close (within 18-24in) to the plants leaves or you'll get TOO much on and that's a very BAD thing. Trust me on that one.

    I've used it many times in the garden room (aka growing area) by spraying for 5-10 seconds in the center of the room, closing the doors and leaving the area. No problem. Bugs drop right out of the air!

    If you have a greenhouse with an unvented or defective gas heating system or a combustion situation exists, the label warns not to use it.

    Otherwise, I've had great results with it. Hope this helps...good luck!

    Maggie

    ps I also use it outdoors for other pests on my roses and other flower bed plants. I love it.

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    Sorry about the problem , Give him 100 lashes with a rotted Phal. root . I know they are a B to get rid of ,one of the suggestions above should work . Gin

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    My persimmon tree always gets whitefly, so this year I hung a yellow sticky trap. No luck they still loved the underside of the leaves. I got out my trusty duster filled with Sevin and dusted away. No more whitefly even 3 days later. Get them before they lay their eggs.

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