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    Well, my friend Toni came over yesterday and we hosed down most of my collecton while repotting. Besides for the rain washing a little off, I think it went OK. I'll know more when we do the big pots this afternoon. I moved all my 3-inch pots into one- or two-gallon containers, and the big ones are going into five 12-inch bowls, so now I'm wondering more about where I'll put my plants rather than what's eating them.
    Thanks again for all your help, folks.
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    PS - When should I think about reapplying the malathion? I understand it isn't systemic or particularly long-lived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Jan. 26 2006,9:01)]Guilty? What! You care!?!?!?!? Good! Do it. LIGHTLY spray with this stuff and do it in shade. Sunlight mixed with this stuff could burn the leaves. Spray, VERY FINE mist, leaves only. Some will drip into the soil I'm sure, but it hasn't killed any of my sarrs yet.
    For non-systemic insecticides for which soil contamination is a problem, I flush the pot with rainwater after I've sprayed.
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    I have used Ortho's Systemic Insect Killer with NO problems for my sarracenia; I'd be more careful about using it on more delicate leaves, and keep them out of direct sunlight for a while after spraying, until a good rain comes by.
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    How long do I have to keep my plants in shade after applying malathion? I hid them yesterday thinking that with the overcast conditions light wouldn't be an issue, but today the sun has made an unexpected appearance and they are getting fairly direct light, despite being under a big table. Do I need to take super regulatory measures to ensure my plants are shaded? I'll make sure to put the ones I spray today in a better spot, but the malathion has probably already dried on the ones I did yesterday.
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    JOE! RELAX! If it is as cool as I think it is, you will be fine. Every ten days, and you willl only have one more time to have to do this, so one more spraying. Then just keep an eye on your babies, and if a chew appears, then hit them again. Sarracenia Scott gave you an excellent idea. Flush the pots too.
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    Yessirs, pots flushed! I need to prolly do some more 'cuz the media was kind of dry after mixing, but most everything has been thoroughly wet. When I have time to refill jugs tomorrow I will water again - most of the plants need to be moved into new spots anyways. Everything appears unblemished, and I got several divisions in the process of repotting. Now to start my seeds...
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    Thanks for all the ideas guys, just brought some flytraps and sundews in and saw whitefly flitting about. I've already got the othene so they should be dead by morning and the newly hatched ones in another week or so.

    As far as toxicity orthene is relatively benign as stated, I once saw an old guy I worked for stick his hand in a tank of lanate to retrieve something, my jaw dropped. The LD 50 is 2 for oral and in the 1000's for dermal but why !! He is a still alive and a long story for another day.
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