Thursday, May 20, 2010

soapy rescue?

Please, oh please - let the soap save the day.

Our lupines are just beginning to blossom.  I was appreciating their beautiful start when I spotted the HORRIBLE infestation.

Aphids! And not just a few. More like colonies from near and wide having found nirvana on MY lupine.

Fair warning... this ain't for the weak.  All those tiny specs.
Are BUGS!  And every stem looks like that! What's a girl to do?

Here's what I'm going to do.

  1.  Spray with a soapy solution with our Just Plain Clean (lavender blend).
  2.  Call the county extension.
  3. Shudder a bit, because it's just plain ICKY to look at all those bug-a-boos.

  I'll keep you posted.

For now, know that our hand wash is our first line of defense against bothersome pests.

It's biodegradable.  It's definitely soapy.

And... now our plants smell GREAT! Though, I'm (admittedly) aiming for a better outcome than lavender blend smelling lupine.

1 comment:

  1. As a follow-up... it worked!

    I sprayed them VERY liberally the first day. Then sprayed the handful that were left the next day. Since then, I've only sprayed our soapy water on the bugs once. And there weren't many bugs to be found! YAY!!!