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    Orthene is my number one weapon in the arsenal of insecticides. Works on contact and poisons the pests for many months after the initial first week applications. Haven't had a problem since, the only thing that seems to plague me on my Brugmansia plant are those rotten spider mites...my lord those are terrible, but as soon as I find them, out comes the Acephate!

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    Trent,
    I stopped at two places yesterday(Home Depot and a Earl May Garden Center)-no Orthene, Malathion or anything close.
    Oh and you were right-they are all on the N. 'Ile de France'....not a single thing evident on other plants on in the tank. I will bag it today, whether I can find something or not.

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    Joe

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    Has anyone ever tried the swabbing off of the capsules along with immersing the pot in water for two days? I don't think two days submerged will hurt the root system, and, theoretically it would drown the varmints.
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    Schloaty,

    That was the first method that actually came to mind.
    Say Trent, if the varmints are in the soil, could you do that and re-pot after swabbing?

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    We've never done that because in a greenhouse the little flies will leave the potting mix and hideout somewhere. Maybe you've seen 'em: they look like a tiny, gnat sized fly, white in color and they flit through the foliage. If you were to get a dark background and a good cross light, then shake the infested plant, you would see them flit around. When not down in the moist potting media mating, they hang out on the foliage, especially the undersides of the leaves.

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    Here are a couple of links to a good discussion about whitefly and its' control:
    http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/b1077-w.html
    http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1253.html

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