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    It is normal to have mosquito larvae in pitchers.

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    The culex species is most common in local nepenthes. If you have enough cotton wool, you may consider stuffing the pitchers up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Seriously, I think a drop of neem oil or pyrethrum oil in the pitcher will help. Both are plant extracts so I don't see how they would harm the plants. I would prefer pyrethrum oil, nicer scent.

    Otherwise, poking a hole at the base of the pitcher helps too. I've read that it does not appear to harm the pitcher but but feel is that the pitcher will turn brown faster.

    Having sundews all around helps too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Come to think of it, I better check my pitchers too...
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    Maybe a small pice of garlic in the picher could help ,might smell a bit though

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Cindy @ Aug. 09 2005,12:02)]It is normal to have mosquito larvae in pitchers.

    Lam:
    The culex species is most common in local nepenthes. If you have enough cotton wool, you may consider stuffing the pitchers up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Seriously, I think a drop of neem oil or pyrethrum oil in the pitcher will help. Both are plant extracts so I don't see how they would harm the plants. I would prefer pyrethrum oil, nicer scent.

    Otherwise, poking a hole at the base of the pitcher helps too. I've read that it does not appear to harm the pitcher but but feel is that the pitcher will turn brown faster.

    Having sundews all around helps too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Come to think of it, I better check my pitchers too...
    Yes I think so, just poured out a sanguinea pitcher! 6 larvae, culex! Those bite! And found 1 pupae in upper rafflesiana, couldnt ID it, but still fed it to my fish...I cant take risks!
    What is this neem oil and pyrethrum? And where can I get it? I dont intend to stuff cotton wool or poke holes, that would not hurt the pitchers but they wouldnt be able to feed anymore would they? Or atleast I will end up having to feed them artificially...

    The damselfly nymph idea is nice, except I dont think they can survive in pitchers, and they are not available here, have to catch..

    Thanks

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    Both are plant extract pesticides. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Pyrethrum is chrysanthenum oil, I think. Available at Cold Storage or supermarkets. Neem oil is available at tne nurseries.
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    Try the conventional method,get the spider in to do the job:O

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    well,it was observe in one of my trip spiders has constructed webs over N.ampullaria.I still have problem posting photos here.wish i can show everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rbjong @ Aug. 14 2005,10:38)]well,it was observe in one of my trip spiders has constructed webs over N.ampullaria.I still have problem posting photos here.wish i can show everyone.
    Do you need help with hosting or bringing them to the forums? I can help you if you would like.

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