All true. Federal law and all. You do, however sound like an extension
You ignored the safer natural and/or mechanical removal methods that
won't hurt the holly, the gardener, nor the environment.
Frank Reilly wrote:
> This absolutely the WRONG approach. Read below for the right
>> Lou Dog wrote:
>>> Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld <bobsey at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:377D7956.9B1BB8D3 at ix.netcom.com...>> >
>> > My holly bush is totally infested with something I cannot
>> identify. The
>> > underside of almost every leaf has multiple white silky deposits
>> > consistent shape and size: about 1 centimeter long, 3 millimeters
>> > and ½ millimeter thick. Some of the plaques have a black spot at
>> > end. Although it has not caused a large proportion of the leaves
>> to be
>> > damaged, some are dropping off, completely brown (I don't know if
>> > leaf damage is related to the white stuff).
>> > Any ideas as to what may be the problem and how to eradicate it?
>>>> It sounds like you are having the same problem that I'm having. I
>> these small white bugs that I find all over a green foliage plant.
>> thing I've tried is a pesticide that I got at a local department
>> store (Bi
>> Mart). I haven't noticed anything yet, but it supposedly works up
>> the roots to kill bugs. Also, there is a spray you can spray on
>> leaves. It works ok. Let me know if you have any success.
>> 1.) Applying a pesticide to a plant for which it is not approved (you
> have to read the label, and the label MUST say that it is approved for
> use on Hollies) is a violation of Federal Law. It is also not
> environmentally sound, and it may result in the death of the Holly or
> the death of other things near the holly.
> 2.) Applying a pesticide to control a pest for which it is not
> approved (you have to identify the insect) is also a violation of
> Federal Law. It is not environmentally sound, and it may result in
> the death of the wrong insect. It may cause other, more harmful
> insects to increase in population.
> 3.) The RIGHT approach is to positively identify the insect./ You
> can get help here (for free) by contacting your local Extension Agent
> (Check the Blue Pages in the Telephone book), Master GArdeners, or
> even the staff at a GOOD Garden Center). After you identify the
> insect, learn if it is a friend or a foe to your plant. Ask yourself,
> Is this insect harming the plant? Ask yourself, Is this insect
> harmful to me or my children or pets? If the answer is anything like
> "No its just a bug, or I just don't like the looks of the bug"
> consider doing nothing about the bug on your Holly. Finally, ask
> yourself, "Is the pesticide I am planning to use going to hurt me or
> my children or pets?"
> Before spraying for pests always:
>> * identify the pest
> * ensure that it is really a pest
> * identify a control method with the least toxicity (e.g. pick or
> brush the bugs away, or spray them away with water etc.)
> * decide if the cost of the control is worth the damage the pest is
> causing (Remember to consider all of the costs like disposal of
> the chemical after the pest is controlled, or the potential
> danger to you, your children, or your pets).
> * Finally, if you decide that the pest is damaging your plants, and
> you must use a chemical control, choose a chemical control. To
> choose one, pick one that is specifically for the pest you have
> already identified, and the plant that is being damaged. Make
> sure that your application is being done at the right time (by
> the time most gardeners notice the pest, the effective treatment
> date is long past). Buy only what you need. Avoid going to the
> store and buying a lifetime supply of the chemical. Buy a small
> amount that is pre-mixed.
> Frank Reilly
> Extension Associate
> King George Extension Office
> POB 410, King George, VA 22485
> 540-775-3062, Fax 540-775-5645
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