Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:50
I too use no pesticides or chemicals in the garden, relying on nature and a tea strainer - essential for the capture of lily beetle! I did use provado one year when we had to be away when all my dozens of lily pots were going be to at their most vulnerable to the red meneace, it did work, and as it was in pots did not spread among the rest of the garden. I have kept it by me too not being a great belever in out of date nonsense, I would use it again should we happen to be away at that time again.
I do think we need desperately to do all we can to protect our bees, no insects, no food - quite easy really isn't it? Since I went organic some 10 -12 years ago, after a pretty difficult fist year or two, things have settled well, and we have few really destructive infestations - but do have lots of blue its ( aphids) and ladybirds, ditto, aphids, blackbirds and starlings - slugs and snails and so on and so on. The only exception is the darned lily beetle which nothing hrere recognises as prey - but I can often be found jumping upon them with great delight - our neighbours are innured to this peculiarity in behaviour at that time - minor in comparison with some!!