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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    You don't want to use soap and the like, they are basic and will kill CPs.
    I didn't say I was going to do that...just that I was going to look into alternatives when the time came. Soap was just the first thing that popped into my mind. If it's an acid you need, maybe a vinegar solution?

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    I have neem oil, supposed to kill lots of stuff like mites too. But I hear horror stories about the smell, and it isn't like I can set a nepenthes outside in Michigan.
    Come to me flies and crawling bugs. This plant wants to give you great big hugs
    Aren't I pretty, don't I smell good? I'd come to you if I could
    But I can't so you must come to me, I'm sure we will get along splendidly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    I didn't say I was going to do that...just that I was going to look into alternatives when the time came. Soap was just the first thing that popped into my mind. If it's an acid you need, maybe a vinegar solution?
    Would you believe I live in a house with no vinegar?
    Come to me flies and crawling bugs. This plant wants to give you great big hugs
    Aren't I pretty, don't I smell good? I'd come to you if I could
    But I can't so you must come to me, I'm sure we will get along splendidly

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Would you believe I live in a house with no vinegar?
    I have a hard time believing that, yes. j/k

    Vinegar's useful for a lot of cleaning applications, never mind red-wine vinegar for cooking. I always have a jug around.

    Plus if you get bored, you can make a volcano with baking soda.

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    sounds like soil mites should be possible.
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    I used neem oil, I have never seen bugs drop so fast. Turns out my infestation was a bit worse than I originally thought though, but I guess that doesn't matter now. But boy is that smell fowl, oh man. At least it isn't as pervasive as I feared, I was worried it would stink up my whole house. It reminds me of the most rotten fruits with some sickly citrus added in. At least it comes off hands pretty easy.
    Come to me flies and crawling bugs. This plant wants to give you great big hugs
    Aren't I pretty, don't I smell good? I'd come to you if I could
    But I can't so you must come to me, I'm sure we will get along splendidly

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    I went for the hard stuff right away for spider mites. Lots of otherwise fantastic looking plants have the red guys on there and I just hit them with the Bayer 3-in-1 and it's pretty much set and forget. Theres almost no wrong way to use the stuff, I spray the soil and the crown, try to avoid the pitchers. Either way the plant is going to take it in and wreck any would-be parasite/pests. It also helps with fungus if you grow in an area with poor air circulation, or bacteria blooms. I grow outdoors so neither is really a problem.
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    The really good thing about Neem is that it isn't a pesticide, in the same way as Sevin or anything else that is really environmentally unfriendly. It's natural and CP safe. I use it for aphids. They don't go away quickly but they do away, and when their eggs hatch, they are eventually 'toast'. Neem does have a smell but it isn't that horrible. Could be worse....

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