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Dr. Buglady Most Recent Questions and Responses
QUESTION: What would you recommend for an organic solution as opposed to using the Weed and Feed or an organic equivalent?
Sherry, Liverpool NY
QUESTION: I am considering the use of beneficial nematodes on my pastures for pest control of ticks, grub worms, termites, etc.. Do the nematodes present a hazard to grazing livestock such as alpacas and llamas? Do the nematodes attack slugs?
Tom, Dover AR
QUESTION: We live in a cohousing community; one of our goals is to reduce our environmental impact. One way we do that is to have composting toilets instead of flush toilets. In the last year or so our composter has had lots of gnats. Until recently they haven't been much of an annoyance, but they are becoming worse. The representative from the composter company has recommended S. Feltiae nematodes. Unless you have a recommendation otherwise, I will order some from you.
Our composter also has moths that have been identified as Pyralis farinalis, but it looks like you do not have a solution for them. We have been advised to try Hypoaspis mites.
QUESTION: I have ordered and received NemaSeek. Will the nematodes adversely affect the praying mantis or earthworms?
Stacie, Independence MO
QUESTION: I grow indoors in soil temp ranges from 60 to80 degrees humidity 55-80% I am growing tomatoes I have spider mite infestation with webs. What is the best way to get rid of all them and not damage the tomatoes?
QUESTION: I just moved into a new home and there are tons of spiders. Wolf Spiders are heavily populated in the yard and indoors, in addition to various small spiders, I recently found a brown recluse spider. What can I do?
Christopher, St. Louis MO
QUESTION: I need a product like Repels All for my garden and other outside areas--however I do not want to endanger my wild birds--is Repels All the product for me? I have skunks, opossums, squirrels, armadillos, snakes, fire ants etc. etc---I live in the rural area of south east Texas.
Joyce, Simonton TX
QUESTION: When I lived in AZ (and I may be moving back), I planted a lot of grapes. At first things were great and then these little half inch long blue worms (caterpillars) with yellow sort of wrapped stripings around them, discovered us ..... and just decimated the grapevines. I identified them as Grape Leaf Skeletonizers. You mention a couple of different grape pests, but not Skeletonizers in particular. Do the caterpillar products (Btk) take care of Skeletonizers, too? If not, what do you recommend for them?
Sandy, Long Pine NE
QUESTION: I have a row of Hemlocks which appear to be infected with Wooly Adelgid. I was told they should be treated with a Horticultural oil spray. I have a row about 40 feet. They are about 30 years old and are at least ten to twelve feet tall. How much product will I need, and how do I apply it?
QUESTION: I am looking to control Sciarids (Lycoriella mali) fungus fly in mushroom production. I have read that Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis may control the fly population at the larva stage. We grow Oyster mushrooms in plastic bags of wet straw. Could the product AQUABAC be added to the substrate during the initial process (filling and adding the mushroom spawn) and what is the lifespan of a single application? If there is no larva, will the Bacillus survive and for how long?
Robert, Loretto Ontario
QUESTION: Hello Dr Buglady. Is there a "natural" treatment I can use on my yard to kill/repel ticks?
Pat, Bridgewater MA
QUESTION: Our floor has recently become infested with fungal gnats. There are a few nematode options on your website. I am wondering which is best for a) gnats, and b) indoor plant conditions.Any advice is appreciated.
Aubrey, Toronto Canada
QUESTION: I have Lily Beetles on my lily plants, and a lot of them. It was suggested I use Neem oil. I have tried this with some effect. Is there anything else I could try? They are wreaking havoc with my beautiful lilies. I have probably 100 lilies in close proximity of each other and spraying them by hand is extremely time consuming. I hope you have a suggestion or somewhere I could find assistance.
Deb, Webster NY
QUESTION: Is there a problem with applying NemaSeek nematodes to a garden where I have laying hens who scratch? Please let me know ASAP. Also if the beetles are up are the nematodes still ok to apply and effective.