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07/03/2013 at 00:10
Anyone got any DIY hints on minimising the strange tiny white flys in greens in the veg patch, would appear I still have then even in winter. Also aphid or greenfly on lupin and scabiosa. I seem to recall my dear grandad spraying washing up liquid water but can't remember what this was meant to cure. Any hints and fit tips for safe pesticides. I have a dog so need to watch what chemicals we use.
07/03/2013 at 00:12
Fit tips = DIY tips. Seems I can't spell when it gets late. Apologies!
07/03/2013 at 00:22

RHS advice on whitefly:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=482

Spraying with water containing a few drops of washing up liquid will help keep most aphids under control although you will need do it regularly.  Lupin aphid is a distinct species and can be very stubborn, so an organic bug spray may be needed to clear those:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=653

 

07/03/2013 at 14:35

I would recommend spraying neem oil on the plants. I searched everywhere for the best way to get rid of these pests and I found that neem oil worked the best. Dont forget to spay the soil though as this is where the eggs are laid. Soapy water would also work fairly well as long as you sprayed the area regularly. However I dont think this will kill the eggs, only the adult flies. Hope this helps.

07/03/2013 at 15:34
Lupiins have their own aphids I read about a few years ago. Big bluish green that spoiled the flower spikes in their prime. Spray before spikes appear with light dilution of washing up liquid. If you did it too often I think the plant might suffer so just once or twice prior to floweriing.....at least for me it's effective
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