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Thread: Reccomendations for poison?

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    OK,

    My wife has decided that I need to get the patio into shape because there is a patio garden competition coming up in august... it's probably to late for me to do much this year, as I have alredy suffered a caterpillar invasion... yes, I know, they make pretty little butterflies.. I DON'T CARE.

    Last year it was one passion vine, this year, they are attacking all of them, and they are punching holes in almost ever leaf, and defoliating entire stretches.

    I have used Pyrethrum and neem, and litterally soaked the buggers in it, and they look at me and thumb their snouts... tough little ********... well.. time to stop pulling punches.

    I am ready to do some real damage... I want to nuke the little buggers, go for the all out, put the mask on cover your eyes, look away and spray carcinogens all over the place type poisons... (I know.. but I have had it.)

    Any suggestions?
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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    Here's one for the caterpillars, and no chemicals needed. Get a few kids together, and tell them there is a contest. Whoever catches the most caterpillars (from the designated area) wins a free c.p.

    See if they just don't ALL disapear...... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    YOU! Outta my gene pool!

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    Hi Ram:

    I have been told that "Confidor" is a all purpose insecticide, may be you should give it a try. The other alternative is to bag one of those things in a plastic bag and take it to your nearest farming supply store (I found they provide the broadest range of product with the cheapest price around).

    Hope this helps

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    Yeah, those fritillary caterpillars really tear up passiflora. We usually wait till we have a pile of sticks left, then pick off every caterpillar for a few months while the plant recovers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Occasionally I feed one to my nepenthes... they really enjoy them.

    Don't try drosera though... I've had one eaten alive by a capensis. It was still alive when I checked back two days later, though hopelessly stuck. Poor thing.

    Now to mass killing them...

    I prefer organic methods, so I'll only list those:

    Diatomaceous Earth - This is an abrasive dust made from microscopic fossilized silica shells of algae called diatoms. They are covered with sharp needle-like projections which penetrate an insects cuticle, allowing vital liquids to leak out. It also absorbs the waxy coating on insects' bodies; both actions cause the insects to die of dehydration. This is especially effective agains soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars. Liberally dust the entire plant. Available at most garden centers and pool supply stores.

    This is probably your best bet as far as organics go. There are also some organic products such as citrus oils that work relatively well.

    Have you tried cyanide? Works quite well. Try not to breath any of it yourself though. If the plants are dug in, put them in a large plastic bag with a few LARGE, aggrivated millipedes, and all other insects should be dead within a few minutes. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Cyanide, oh, do be very careful with them, a small amount on your finger or nail can kill you in an instant. If to handle them, make sure you also get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide as well, you really need to wash your hand with it after handling any cyanide. For safetst practice, I would avoid it all together. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Ditto on what Joe said, if used in liquid form.

    I have only dealt with it in its natural gaseous form, but even then it can be lethal, so use only with extreme caution, if at all.

    But then again, this concerns nearly all chemical bug poisons, especially those Ram is looking for [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    take care, and don't kill or mutate [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] yourself. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    -noah

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    Umm yeah.. gonna be avoiding the cyanide thanks... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Was thinking more along the lines of Seven or somethign...

    Joenz, I have never heard of the pesticide your talking about, is that possibly a new zealand brand? you maybe know the us lable it is sold under?
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    No problem, I will investigate and let you know as soon as possible.

    regard

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