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Talkback: How to tackle house plant flies

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 21:28
We've been driven mad by these pests, always flying around. Not sure how I found out, but have tried only watering plants from the bottom, not onto the compost. It seems that they lay their eggs on the top of the compost when it is nice and damp. This has made a big difference, far fewer of the little blighters now.

Tree bands

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:46

Thanks for all the comments. The big problem of course is the fact that the bark is very uneven, impossible to stop any gaps............. Just got it, duh, use petroleum jelly, THEN grease bands, that will stop any gaps. Simple really, just need input from other people to make me think. Does anyone think that will work?

Tree bands

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:53

Does anyone have any thoughts on using tree bands or is grease better. I've been using bands for a couple of years but I still get a lot of ants on the trees, I suppose they can creep under the paper. Your opinions would be welcome, thanks

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:18

Thank you, common sense really, Berghill, I'm in the West Midlands so I suppose similar weather. I've never frozen apples, will give it a go.

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 12:39

Hi everyone, just wondering what to do with my apples that were shaken off the tree a week ago. Does anyone know if they would be ripe enough to use, seems a waste not to use them.

Winter Tree Wash

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:02

Thank you both, just go and do it then, see how it goes. Hope I don't fall off my ladder!!

Winter Tree Wash

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:57

I was wondering if anyone had any advice regarding using tree wash. I didn't get chance before winter set in because of the wet weather but I would welcome any thoughts on the best way to do this, especially as the sun is shining and I really need to get the best out of my fruit trees. What is the best way to apply it would be helpful, thanks.

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 21:47

Let us know how you get on Mark

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:56

As long as you put it out of reach, easier said than done I know, I've got a cat, it should be fine. Most of the stems are probably out of reach. The buddleia stems were quite high so you might be ok, best read the instructions though 

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 16:38

Hi Mark, I used something by Doff, I found it in my father-in-laws shed, don't know how old it was but it worked. It was labelled Ant Killer, also for cockroaches, earwigs and all crawling insects. I'm sure that there are a lot of products out there that will do the job. My only concern would be if it was to be used on anything that you might want to eat. I can't believe how far ranging those darn things were, they seemed to jump out from anywhere!

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Tree bands

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Bramley apples

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Winter Tree Wash

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pot pests

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white eggs 
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