Description of Insect
cabbage maggots, fruit maggot (apply
maggot), adults are fly's can lay eggs in fruit as well as maggots.
Description of Damage
attacks roots of vegetables
flowers, seedlings, most vegetables, fruit
- handpicking Yuck!
- floating row cover gives protection from fly's attacking. see Gardens Alive!
- super light insect barriers are effective here also.
- destroy infested plants
- use barriers/traps such as maggot traps with sticky Tangelfoot. works best with maggot
- lures which attracts maggot fly's. !
Traps are also effect method of control.
- Cluster Buster
Cayenne Pepper (Tabasco sauce)
Organic Alfalfa Meal use as a dust
Garlic and Garlic Oil
Bronners Peppermint soap
Garden Grade DE
see also Natural Fly Control
- A sample formula for spraying: in a quart of water add: 5 drops Tabasco sauce 2
drops Dr. Bronners peppermint soap or use Jungle Rain or any natural soap 2 drops garlic
oil or crushed or bought stir and pour into a quart hand sprayer. Must not have any small
pieces from the Tabasco sauce otherwise it will clog up the sprayer. Always best to
strain. spray on leaves and directly on bug or fruit to protect.. test for strength to
avoid damage to plants. Pyrethrum can be dusted around the plants.
- Avoid beneficials, be pest specific
- A good dust mixture is: 1 part Pyrethrum 1 part Garden Grade DE 1 part Alfalfa Meal 1/8
part cayenne pepper dust around plants and under leaves, don't water for 24 hrs avoid
beneficials, be pest specific
- Do not use soaps that are
chemically made or that have strange chemical additives or preservatives. Instead use only
natural soap, either citrus or peppermint based are best but try herbal soaps. Use only a
very small amount of soap and use only when necessary.
- Get Dr Bronners Soap here
- for more information on soap From Using Soap to Using Ultra Fine Oil
- predatory Nematodes Dr. Pye's Scanmask 7 Million Live Beneficial Nematodes
- parasitic wasps
The Invisible Gardener
March 7, 2013