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Thread: General questions about pests (aphids, mealy bugs, etc)

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    You could probably use neem oil and kill two birds with one stone (prevent fungus and stop insect infestations). However like JustLikeAPill said it can cause resistance. Since you don't have as many options with cps as far as pesticides and the like go you don't want things building up any resistances to the few options you have for getting rid of them.

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    I would just go with clints recommendation
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    for preventing fruit flies, etc. I have heard you can use rocks or a layer of sand at the surface. Anyone had experience with this? Fruit flies seem to love living in the dead Long-fibered sphagnum that I use (even though I used a fresh batch less than 2 weeks ago ). Also, does a coat of live sphagnum at the top of the pot keep pests from coming through the top of the pot?
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    Fruit flies seem to love living in the dead Long-fibered sphagnum that I use
    Those aren't fruit flies.

    Also, does a coat of live sphagnum at the top of the pot keep pests from coming through the top of the pot?
    I think you answered your own question. But, no.
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    phission,
    i'm pretty sure they are drosophila (commonly known as fruit flies)-i could post a picture if you want....
    They lay eggs in the dead LFS and then fly around in the pot with my baby Drosera adelae, which traps them. But it's kind of annoying, considering the plant only has one large leaf right now.
    Do you ever have bug infestations, phission? If so, how do you prevent/deal with them?
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    Drosophila melanogaster is the "common fruit fly". Drosophila is a very diverse genus with over 1,500 species. Not all of them are after fruit .

    I've only ever had scale two or three times, and it's only affected a couple of plants. I just dip a q-tip into 90% isopropyl alcohol and dab the scale with it. They die and turn brown immediately, and as long as you get them all, they don't come back (you could also spray the plant with 90% isopropyl....maybe dilute it to 50% alc+water). I don't get anything but scale, except for a plant or two I've gotten in a trade from someone with mites. They've never infested anything other than the plant they came on though. I think my plants are grown pretty well and generally have strong immune systems, which makes it much more difficult for insects to infest said pot.

    Oh and last night I found an earthworm in one of my pots lol.
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    I would deal with em by getting more drosera and having them get stuck and die... isnt that why we grow cps
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