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sow bugs

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Tom_in_PA, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Any ideas how to finally eradicate the sow bug population I seem to have. I have tried repotting the plants believed to be hosting there parties and even went as far as completely submering them in water to drown them out but they never seem to go away completely.

    The Slug-O bait I purchased for the slugs in my basement area (which seems to have helped drastically!) says it is also good for sow bugs. So I tried it in my other grow area with the sow bugs but I haven't see nany positive resluts yet. I am looking for advice as to what I can purchase to rid them once and for all!

    TIA
     
  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Nothing works 'once and for all' but Orthene or others with acephate as the active ingredient seem to work pretty well temporarily.
     
  3. abaxter

    abaxter New Member

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    Yep, what he said about Orthene, but it won't completely eradicate them. It's is good for control though. I've also had reasonable success with scattering DE inside and
    outside my gh walls. They do not like DE at all.
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I used to use a product with metaldehyde and Sevin that seemed to work on the sow bugs, so Sevin might work. Also, you might check in to Tempo. A friend just had an infestation of centi- or milli- pedes. I have earwigs this year in the greenhouses as well as a bumper crop in the yard and have to do something about them. I will check with her to be sure that is the name. but whatever she used worked.
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Sevin has worked well for me.
     
  6. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone....I will have to try something and hopefully keep them under control once and for all
     
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    there is a new-ish type of sluggo, maybe called sluggo plus or something that has an ingredient in it to take out sow bugs, i think.
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It was Tempo by Bayer that my friend use successfully in her collection.
     
  9. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Thanks Marni....

    I am going to try Sevin since I can get that locally at Lowes or Home Depot today. I am also going to order some Orthene WP (and Deadline II) from rosecare.com as others from here have said good things about them.
     
  10. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Sevin will do it.
     
  11. dounoharm

    dounoharm almost there

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    have you tried diatomaceous earth?
     
  12. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Sorry for the late response but I wanted to thank everyone for thier thoughts and suggestions. I ended up trying Sevin as suggested since I was able to get that locally at Lowes. I applied one application and within only a few days I was finding them dead all over the place. Now, 4-5 weeks later after only one application I still have not found a single one in either indoor growing areas that I sprayed. I did find them in a number of plants I have outside so I plan on doing the same thing to take care of them.

    Thanks again everyone :)
     
  13. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Hooray!
     
  14. Binky

    Binky Fries anyone?

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    Spiders always take care of the ones in my basement.
     
  15. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    I don't mind the really small spiders that eat the fungus gnats in my grow area but the ones big enough to eat sow bugs are not welcomed guests in the house :D
     
  16. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I hope you did a victory dance. I love success stories.
     
  17. DeafOrchidLover

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    Just bought sevin spray bottle. My phal hybris 's soil are infested with sow bugs.
     
  18. seidenfaden

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    12 months ago a friend of mine gave me a young Phrag kovachii which was growing in rockwool. New leaf growths appeared to be stunted. I tried a different watering and a light feeding regime. When flushing fresh water through the rockwool I noticed a small woodlouse (pillbug?).
    Now, I had read somewhere that if you boiled a chopped onion with a couple of cloves of garlic in a pint of water for 20 minutes; leave it to cool then seive it then pour it into or around or underneath the pot.
    I stood the pot in a deep saucer of water then poured the liquid slowly through the medium, low and behold, woodlice came scurrying out of the pot, I've never seen them move as fast Needless to say, the leaves are looking much better and the plant looks much healthier.. Drawback, the greenhouse smells like a kitchen for a couple of days.
     
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    If you do decide to use an insecticide, look for products that specifically say on the label that they are for outdoor perimeter barrier applications along home foundations to kill home invading pests. Products that contain any one of the following pest-killing active ingredients should be equally effective as foundation sprays against pillbugs and sowbugs: beta-cyfluthrin (b-cyfluthrin), bifenthrin, carbaryl, cyfluthrin, cypermethrin, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, gamma cyhalothrin, lambda- cyhalothrin, and permethrin. These pest-killing chemicals are sold under dozens of different commercial trade names.

    Sevin seems to work well on sow bugs, it does have carbaryl in it. It was in phalaenopsis vorecia alba. It's thriving well. I will change potting after the flowers are done. I am planning to use them for future garden. I've grown tomatoes, sunflowers, cumcumber, basil, etc. None of them seem to survive as far as I've noticed pests on them. :)