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andrew

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Found insects in my fertilizer.
« on: June 29, 2009, 04:56 PM »
I had made up a pan of holytone and flour that I was scooping onto my trees. Today I went to scoop some and found these insects.   Should the mix be dumped or would it still be ok?    andrew   




 

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009, 07:56 PM »
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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009, 08:01 PM »
Andrew,

This is fairly common with the organic fertilizer that I make.  Does it look like they could be maggots?  This isn't particularly bad, but can be avoided by mixing a little Sevin dust or similar in with the mix.  Not a problem, as long as you don't have animals (dogs, cats, etc) that you wish not to poison. 
 

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 08:26 PM »
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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009, 07:19 AM »
Yeah, they look kind of like maggots to me too. Holly tone contains things like dried blood, bone meal, all that good stuff that flies find pretty hard to pass up. I keep my stuff covered when I'm not using it, but if it is maggots, you could just pick them out, or even leave them. They are unsightly and creepy, and will turn in to flies, but harmless to the trees. I personally would pick them out, cause they kinda creep me out :p
 

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2009, 11:50 AM »
While you are mixing your fertilizer, I recommend adding a little dry or liquid Sevin to the mix. Be careful with it, wear gloves, but it will kill any vermin wanting to lay eggs in your stuff. Just be sure your dogs can't get to it.

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andrew

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2009, 09:20 PM »
Some of my stuff is low so the dog does get it.  I sprayed it with an insecticide from Bayer.  It seemed to kill the stuff in the fertilizer.  I will try and find something with a tight lid to keep the crawlies out of it.       andy
 

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2009, 11:56 AM »
Yes, Diatomaceous Earth will slice the bugs to shreds.  It is like crawling on glass.  Creepy crawlies hate the stuff.
 

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Re: Found insects in my fertilizer.
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2009, 09:19 PM »
Yes,

  But what does it do to youre hands as youre mixing it in?   I saw some at a local nursery, I may have to get some.   andrew