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    what do i do with it

    drench the soil

    mist the plants

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    o and the two generations thingy that should only be about a day or two the way that they are going
    i have noticed that my neps have been eating a toooon of these things
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    Once the larvae are all destroyed (and trust me, the larvae are the dangerous part of these pests, they destroyed an entire mexi-ping collection for me...seem to like to eat the leaves), it should take a week maximum to finish off the rest of the adults. If they can't breed, problem solved.
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    I have more then usual right now too, must be partly a seasonal thing... does anyone know if their is a terestrial bladderwort that will eat the larvea.
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    Darcie,

    I would hope a lot of them would, it just depends on the size of the larvae at the time. I would definately think any of the larger trapped species of utrics would do it.

    I've gone on and on, and beaten myself half to death trying to get rid of them. Last year I just said screw the tray system and let things get drier than suggested. Luckily, I haven't seen one since. Though now i'm using trays again so we'll see what happens.

    You just want to make sure that when using utrics as groundcover (aka a defense against the pests others can't get to), don't use anything super invasive or any utric that will choke your plant out.

    I've also been experimenting with a top coat of coir. It seems to hold moisture, but doesn't ever really get waterlogged so I would hope this would leave the surface of the substrate a bit dried, which would help get rid of algae, which would help get rid of the larvae.

    I just wish I could find something completely inorganic that was comparitive to peat.
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    The only mix I've found larvae do NOT infest are freshly washed live sphagnum moss, and coconut chips. Another good alternative to peat is coir itself and/or minced coconut chips. Just pop the chips, dry prefered in a blender, set to high speed let blend for 30 seconds to a minute and bingo, nice fine minced media.

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    NepG,

    I've been experimenting with the usage of coir lately. It's a very good open based media, you just have to really watch the watering depending on what's in the pot. It really seems like great stuff for neps, and i'd think utrics would love it since it stays pretty open so far for me, you'd just have to keep them flooded.

    VFT's seem to grow well in it, some divisions took in a mix of coirerlite as well as cuttings so it can't be that bad. Though still for the vft's a little peat thrown in makes up for the amount of water that you can almost pour right through.

    Nothing beats inorganic media for mexican pings though.
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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