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2022 Outside-In

CraftyFox

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@CraftyFox Jeez, it looks like you're at war and fighting on many fronts; don't you ever get a break from pests??
Sure doesn't seem like it, does it? I've even found a few pods with holes in them, but no culprit, so I'm hoping the spiders did something beneficial with all the killing they've done in there. I haven't done the math lately, but I'm pretty sure I have more predatory species than pests though.

I culled over a hundred aphid 'wingers' at the window yesterday, and saw over a dozen each of Orius and Aphidius.. Some of my plants still like hell, but others don't seem bothered at all.
Today ends the reign of the aphids though.. The fresh Harmonia beetles have already been at them hard, and I'll be adding about 150 more Convergent beetles to the mix today.

I haven't pulled that Nettle out yet, but I'd be willing to bet there isn't even a spider mite egg left on it now.
 

Bou

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Sure doesn't seem like it, does it? I've even found a few pods with holes in them, but no culprit, so I'm hoping the spiders did something beneficial with all the killing they've done in there. I haven't done the math lately, but I'm pretty sure I have more predatory species than pests though.

I culled over a hundred aphid 'wingers' at the window yesterday, and saw over a dozen each of Orius and Aphidius.. Some of my plants still like hell, but others don't seem bothered at all.
Today ends the reign of the aphids though.. The fresh Harmonia beetles have already been at them hard, and I'll be adding about 150 more Convergent beetles to the mix today.

I haven't pulled that Nettle out yet, but I'd be willing to bet there isn't even a spider mite egg left on it now.
👌 You are an example of tenacity my friend!! I had an aphid infestation that quickly got out of control in my grow tent a few weeks ago. As I wanted to avoid them escaping and reaching my household plants, I threw all the seedlings (9) to the compost pile...!
 

CraftyFox

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👌 You are an example of tenacity my friend!! I had an aphid infestation that quickly got out of control in my grow tent a few weeks ago. As I wanted to avoid them escaping and reaching my household plants, I threw all the seedlings (9) to the compost pile...!

I really couldn't imagine having the flora without the fauna. I love plants, but arthropods were my first and forever love. Sooner or later, I'll get unlucky and get some diseased seeds that contaminate my whole grow.. Or so I've heard. Fires happen too, so I imagine if I had one occur, the other would soon follow. :flamethrower:Trouble travels in threes, and I'm already here.

I don't really try to snuff the aphids out, just control them. I even keep a few sanctuary plants for them.. Not that the others honor that.

I might have more Aphidius and Orius if the window had good seals, but who can say. The Aphidius do most of their parasitizing right after emergence.. And Orius usually don't hit the window until they are adults. Both have shown they can persist in the living room and kitchen areas, if given enough plants and moisture maintenance.

The eyestrain is starting to tax me though, or maybe using these handheld LED magnifiers.
 

Bou

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I really couldn't imagine having the flora without the fauna. I love plants, but arthropods were my first and forever love. Sooner or later, I'll get unlucky and get some diseased seeds that contaminate my whole grow.. Or so I've heard. Fires happen too, so I imagine if I had one occur, the other would soon follow. :flamethrower:Trouble travels in threes, and I'm already here.

I don't really try to snuff the aphids out, just control them. I even keep a few sanctuary plants for them.. Not that the others honor that.

I might have more Aphidius and Orius if the window had good seals, but who can say. The Aphidius do most of their parasitizing right after emergence.. And Orius usually don't hit the window until they are adults. Both have shown they can persist in the living room and kitchen areas, if given enough plants and moisture maintenance.

The eyestrain is starting to tax me though, or maybe using these handheld LED magnifiers.
As an applied ecology technician & biologist I fully understand what you are saying CF but in the other hand, indoor is an artificial paradise (MY artificial paradise!) and it should (read must) stay free from aphids and other pests at all cost 😅 Outside I mostly let Mother Nature do her thing and up to now, the balance between pest and prey always seems to catch up somehow. In a few occasions I had to use biological treatment (pyrethrin, soaps and other "green" stuff) so the preds could control/overcome the rest but it always gave moderate results to be honest.

I remember maybe 10-12 winters ago a spider mite outbreak took a serious toll on all my house plants (and my mental health) and when I finally got rid of them I swear to myself that this shit won't happen again👊 I currently deal with gnats but they are under control and I'm keeping an eye on them!
 
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CraftyFox

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I have multiple checks in place for the gnats, and they all revolve around a compost bucket.. Beside the mites, there are tiger flies and these tiny rove beetles that reside in the compost and worm bins. The sweet thing about the compost bucket is you can drop the plant in there, right in the pot and 'bottom water' it with predators. I don't see too much of what goes on under the surface, but the few gnats that make it to adults don't seem to last very long in here. Of all the insects I usually count at the window, I can't recall the last time I saw them in any real number.

While I'm sure bottom watering most of the time has helped to keep their numbers down, I think the compost buckets are the real key because they not only provide a predator base, but also a more alluring habitat for them. If I ever have the time for it, I'd like to culture the fungal gnats to culture the tiger flies in a more tailored environment.

Honestly, I think my time would mostly be divided between select divisions of mycology and entomology, if I had the funding to finance the facilities.. I've got about a 1:302,575,360 chance of that happening currently, so I enjoy what I can afford, until I get really lucky.

Just harvested most of this yesterday, and still more to come..
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Bou

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Well I'm no expert here but your odds do seem pretty low to me, I mean you probably have a greater chance of winning the Powerball!!
 
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