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Asked by
jestrada on
August 27, 2014

Q. pesticides

What do you do with leftover pesticides?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 29, 2014
A.

Contact your local Department of Waste Treatment, or Hazardous Waste Removal, and ask them what are the protocols for your area.

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Asked by
Retnav1979 on
October 5, 2015

Q. Fire ants Queen Palm

I have 2 queen palm trees and one is infested with fire ants. I looked around the tree for a mound but didn’t find any. I assume they made a home inside the tree. What should I use to get rid of the ants?

Thanks
Jim

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 6, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Use ant traps, try to find traps that list Fire Ants. Place them around the Palm where you are seeing the ant activity. Don't water, as to get the ant traps wet. Continue this until you see the ants are gone.

You can use an ant spray for immediate ant control, but you need to kill the nest to get rid of the ants completely.

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Asked by
deborah.muniz on
October 9, 2015

Q. ants on plants

How do I get rid of and control ants attacking my rose bushes and dwarf Meyer lemon tree? I find ants, they appear to be black ants, crawling on the leaves of my rose bushes and on the leaves of the dwarf lemon tree. I also find them coming out of the ground fron underneath the roses bushes and lemon tree.

Answered by
villiers on
October 11, 2015
A.

Ants can be killed by pouring hot water into their nest. This will not harm the roses. Otherwise an insecticide for aphids will probably work.

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Asked by
phyllis_ballinger on
October 11, 2015

Q. birds are destroying our screens to get to dead bugs

Birds are tearing into screens until they get access to dead bugs. I guess taking the screens off is one answer or washing out screens every day but I cannot drag a hose with me all around the duplex. I live in north central Texas. They eat into the night and are driving us nuts! Help!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 13, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

You can try using sound or noise to deter the birds. I have heard of people using blinking christmas light strands to keep birds away.

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Asked by
shopehope on
October 26, 2015

Q. Excessive sap and wooly aphids on Hackberry Tree

More recently, the sap has become abundant and the aphids are everywhere. In years past, we had many ladybugs here but not seeing them as often now. Tree is about 35-40 feet and hangs over my beautiful deck. I am having to rinse the deck daily, as it is so covered with sap that your feet stick to the decking. Is there a way to treat the tree during spring? We had some sap in the years past but nothing like it is this year. We have had excessive rain this year. I live in NW Georgia.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 27, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

The 'sap' is actually called Honeydew, it is the secretion from the insects.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-honeydew.htm

Normally Neem Oil can be used to treat the insects but a tree the size that you have would be difficult without a professional.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
tuesdayart on
October 29, 2015

Q. neem oil on ficus

Can neem oil be used as a systemic on recently pruned ficus trees? I have 3 larges ficus nitida hedges (trimmed to 15′), and 1 very large (35′) tree. The ground surrounding is sticky from some kind of infestation. The tree trimmer said it was a bug and the tree should be sprayed. He didn’t speak a lot of English, and my Spanish is atrocious, so I couldn’t get more details. I don’t have the ability to spray such a tall tree, and do not relish the thought of the spray going everywhere. Also, I don’t want to harm local birds with poisons. I heard Neem oil was relatively safe when applied correctly, and wondered if it could be given to the tree systemically. I am deep watering them with 5 gallon buckets with small holes at the bottom over a depression in the sandy soil, a foot away from the trunk of the tree.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 31, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, Neem Oil will work systemically.

Neem Oil is organic, safe for people, pets and bees!

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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