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A katydid has been here

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Plumpossum

Yes, Hanne, soap works very well for many insect pests, and I prefer to use it instead of the usual chemical pesticides. Occasionally, though, a situation gets out of hand and the chemicals are the only alternative - - at least, for outdoor plants. I never use them on house plants. Incidentally, several months ago, hoping to discourage termite entry, I sprinkled detergent all around the perimeter of my house, and this year was the first I can remember that I didn't have the annual ant invasion! A squirt of soapy water, by the way, will drop an army of ants in its tracks.

Elfie

I remember from some we had on a peach tree that we should use soap! It's what you use most of all, isn't it?

Plumpossum

Yes, Hanne - - I have a continuing battle with brown scale on some of my house plants. I think they come in from outdoors on harvested fruit, flowers, etc. I try to be diligent about preventing infestation from that source, but the battle is never really won.

Elfie

My idea is that it is MUCH better!! Scale insects are hard to get rid of!!

Plumpossum

Hanne, I too thought they were scale insects, so I sent a picture to an expert at UC Riverside for identification. He said they were katydid egg cases.

Elfie

Are they eggs from them? To me it looked as a kind of scale insect at the first sight!! But seeing them more closely I don't think it is so!! Thanks so very much Varda!!

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