YAAAARGH, bugs

Joined: August 25th, 2006, 7:52 pm

February 7th, 2011, 7:10 am #1

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

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Joined: October 7th, 2005, 12:13 pm

February 15th, 2011, 4:11 pm #2

Yeah, Selma, there seems to ALWAYS be something to attack the brugs in the winter. I have "something" that is eating a patterened effect in the leaves. One would think it was the little green worms that do this sometimes during the summer months, but alas, I have been unable to find anything. I have decided to just leave mine as I don't wish to put a chemical in my plant room as I have little tree frogs that live in there over the winter, and hopefully, they will begin to eat whatever is on my brugs. Hopefully, your problem won't be a big one for you, and they will just leaf out and then start blooming once we get the weather for it. It has been gorgeous here for the past few days, and it looks as if for the next week. I really need it after the COLD winter we have had.

USDA Zone 7/8
Copper Canyon
North Central Texas


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Joined: November 16th, 2006, 7:17 pm

February 18th, 2011, 6:31 pm #3

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

Carrie,I don't post much,but I do read the posts. Seems like we have the same problem.I have some seedlings growing under lights in my basement,they are very healthy and growing well.About 3 weeks ago I noticed that there were as you described "patterned holes" in some of the leaves that look exactly like what those little green caterpillars do to the leaves in the summer outside. I do not have a insect problem down there as I use a number of organic deterrents,and there are no aphids,spidermites or fungus gnats ect.I have inspected the leaves under a scope,and there are no worms or any type of critters on the plants that I can see.Never seen anything like this in the 15 or so years that I have been growing brugs.If you or anyone else has ever had a similar experiance,or have any idea what causes this,please share.Thanks,Dan in Pa.
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Joined: October 7th, 2005, 12:13 pm

February 19th, 2011, 2:02 pm #4

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

Well, I will be awaiting an answer to this one, Dan. Thanks for posting and letting me know I am not alone.

USDA Zone 7/8
Copper Canyon
North Central Texas


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Joined: February 20th, 2011, 2:34 am

February 20th, 2011, 2:38 am #5

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

Snails or sluggs... I had the same thing happening to some of my rooted cuttings. I went out in the greenhouse around midnight to check the fuel level in the heater. I happened to shine the flash light around checking on them. Looking closer I spotted a slug on a leaf. I killed it and went back in. The following day, I was moving the them to a better location and found 2 more hiding under the pots. Check around under anything where they could hide and you'll probably find your leaf eaters. Good luck.
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Joined: October 7th, 2005, 12:13 pm

February 20th, 2011, 1:40 pm #6

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

Thanks, Tony, I am going to check this out.......

USDA Zone 7/8
Copper Canyon
North Central Texas


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February 21st, 2011, 2:38 pm #7

Help, I have small bugs on my hibernating brugs! Spider mites? I didn't notice them last week, but this week they have multiplied copiously! The brugs are in the basement, my dogs also have a corner of the basement, and can go in and out. What can I do to preserve my plants that won't be toxic to the dogs? It seems that about this time each year, I get these bugs, and it is always a race to see if the plant will die before spring and I can put them out. I would like to keep these plants alive! Thanks!

I haven't found any slugs as yet, but the "chewing" seems to be stopped. I leave my plant room door open during the day, and let the warm air circulate through it. I will continue to monitor, and let you know if I find the culprit.

USDA Zone 7/8
Copper Canyon
North Central Texas


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