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bwaynef

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Insecticides
« on: June 01, 2010, 10:42 AM »
After discovering a pretty bad infestation of lace bugs on one of my Satsuki, I'm exploring the world of insecticides and trying to decide what will work best for me.  That got me thinking, what are you guys using?  I've generally reacted to pest problems with insecticidal soap, but its becoming apparent that I don't notice problems until things are getting out of hand.  That leads me to believe that a systemic is in my future.

Which insecticide have you found to be most effective?  Do you use a barrage of different insecticides to cover all the bases?  Which species are touchy when it comes to ...which insecticides?  What am I not thinking of?

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Re: Insecticides
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010, 03:29 PM »
Imidacloprid. AKA- Merit, Marathon, etc. I buy generic on Ebay for $59 for 30 lbs. That will last a lifetime. Kills all the suckers, biters and borers.

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Re: Insecticides
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 12:00 AM »
bwaynef,
John's advice is good.  If you develop a habit of spraying every year, you will want to rotate the agents you use.
We currently use a systemic called Safari. Works great.  Very expensive.
I've not found satsuki to be sensitive to any of the products we have used.
Good luck,
Chris
 

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Re: Insecticides
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 07:43 AM »
Wayne, one point, I try to use granular systemics, imidacloprids and fungicides ( like Subdue). that means I only have to spray 3-4 times a year for things like mites (Avid, etc) and daconil fungicide.. The highly specific inscticide/miticide sprays are very expensive- often in the $100 to $400 a pint, however a pint will last many years when only using an ounce a year or so. John
 

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Re: Insecticides
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 12:05 PM »
Imidacloprid. AKA- Merit, Marathon, etc. I buy generic on Ebay for $59 for 30 lbs. That will last a lifetime. Kills all the suckers, biters and borers.

John

does the generic keep scale away?
 

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Re: Insecticides
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 02:18 PM »
Yes, but you have to be patient, they feed and die, the juveniles travel and feed- John