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    gosh darn pest

    my oreophila's pitcher is getting eaten to death. i think its a leaf hopper. there's one that's light green and they make burn holes. and there's another kind, kinda dark brown with black stripe that moves super fast. when they eat, they wriggle their body left to right its like a dog tilting their butt left to right. another problem is on my other sarracenia, its kinda bigger. there's freakin fungus gnats under it. i have my capensis and filiformis next to it and it caught more than 50 of em.(over like 3 months). then there's some white flies that i got rid of already.

    can somebody help me try to eliminate all these problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by upper View Post
    my oreophila's pitcher is getting eaten to death. i think its a leaf hopper. there's one that's light green and they make burn holes. and there's another kind, kinda dark brown with black stripe that moves super fast. when they eat, they wriggle their body left to right its like a dog tilting their butt left to right. another problem is on my other sarracenia, its kinda bigger. there's freakin fungus gnats under it. i have my capensis and filiformis next to it and it caught more than 50 of em.(over like 3 months). then there's some white flies that i got rid of already.

    can somebody help me try to eliminate all these problem?
    Use some kind of systemic insecticide to kill the chewers.

    As for the fungus gnats... I have used my Ortho systemic as a soil drench, and it works quite well.

    Good luck!
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Leafhoppers usually move away on their own. There is no recommended insecticide for them. They're sucking insects and you'd think a systemic would be effective but the fact that they don't stay long in one place reduces the effectiveness.

    Fungus gnats I treat with BTi - mosquito dunks are a commonly found source for this. Just put a dunk or piece of one in your water tray or can and no more fungus gnats. This will take care of most caterpillars too but you need to spray the leaves.

    Mosquito dunks are kind of expensive but a little goes a long way. You can get BTi in granular form at OSH and other places.

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    so you think i should just let the leaf hopper chew up until pitcher's gone then they'll move away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by upper View Post
    so you think i should just let the leaf hopper chew up until pitcher's gone then they'll move away?
    If you see it (them), stomp it (them) to hell. There must be something you can do to prevent them from killing you plant...
    -Joel from Southern California


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    every 20 minute i go check on em and kill 3. and 20 minutes later 4 comes back, i kill all 4, 20 minutes later i come back and kill another 4, and it keeps on going.

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    and yes i use my finger, and its disgusting feeling that crack when i squeeze it.

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    Recommended control method is use preventative insecticides (systemics) before infestations occur and to screen or isolate the plants. Infested plants should be isolated from the rest of plants.

    You can use contact insecticdes like pyrethrin or pyrthroids and systemics like imidacloprid (Marathone) or acephate (Orhtene). Try Bayer Advanced Dual Action Rose and Plant Insect Killer which contains both a pyrethroid and Imidacloprid. Be aware that while this product is generally safe to use on VFTs and Sarracenia it could cause discoloration of Sarracenia pitchers.

    Hit 'em with the pyrethroid in the early evening. It kills on contact. Then bring the plants indoors for a couple days and hope the rest of the hoppers (if that's what they are) move on.

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