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    Scottychaos:Wouldn't it be bad to run the plants under tap water tho?I don't know what they are(but from the sounds of it they aphids,lol)but I have a feeling the the green one is an adult and the white ones are the babies,but I dunno for sure.*Niki*
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Trapper7 @ April 05 2005,8:15)]Scottychaos:Wouldn't it be bad to run the plants under tap water tho?I don't know what they are(but from the sounds of it they aphids,lol)but I have a feeling the the green one is an adult and the white ones are the babies,but I dunno for sure.*Niki*
    no, it would not be bad at all to run them under tap water..
    even if some of the tap water gets on/in the media, thats fine too..

    the danger with tap water is that the mineral hardness builds up slowly over time if you use tap water all the time..
    you would have to water your plants with tap water every day for an entire season for it to have any negative effect..
    tap water is only bad for CPs with prolonged, long-term use..
    running them under tap water will have zero effect..
    even watering with tap in an emergency will have zero effect..
    just flush out the pot when you get your "good" water again, rain or distilled or whatever..
    (just pour a cupfull of the good water in the pot and let it drain out to the ground..that flushes out the minerals)
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    put the babies under a microscope. I feed mine to my birds becayse there shugary and plump, my birds love them. And ant larva/ they pick em up in their beaks and POP! POP! each bursts like a grape in their mouths.

    Butr eally the worst aphid to control in my opinion is the plum leaf-curling aphids. If they get inside the curled leaves it acts as a good shelter from sprays. Wich by the way, dont work vey well for this species anyway. The worst part is that they transmit the deasease plum pox potyvirus

    Plum leaf-curling aphid (Brachycaudus helichrysi)
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    I seen those before, I never knew those were aphids, just some insect. I noticed a curled leaf and when I opened it, a bunch of these weird black things, but they didn't look like the normal aphids.

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    They are aphids, and they are baaaad news. I used to mess around with various methods like submerging, alcohol, organic sprays. No go for me. Then I tried Orthene. The orthene was immediately effective, killed the aphids and harmed not so much as a tentacle on my most sensitive Drosera and Utricularia. If orthene is available I would suggest you use it, and follow up a few weeks later with another drench. The good thing about orthene is it is ststemic: the plants take it up and become poisionous to later potential parasitic attack. No hiding in the leaf rolls for them: they suck - they die!
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    I placed my plants outside last week. When I checked on them at the end of the week I was horrified as I saw aphids on my one sarracenia flower stalk.
    I check the forums and it looked like Orthene was my best bet, so I had time to spray the plants yesterday. Die you bugs! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]


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    Tamlin, Thanks for the answer I have been looking for.
    Do you apply it per the directions on the label?
    Is there only one type of orthene?
    I thought they made 2 or 3 different products?
    Would you mind looking at your label and letting me know exactly what the product is that you are using.

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