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Annoying pests in New Zealand
    #4309500 - 06/18/05 12:37 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I have noticed of late that a couple of my local sub patches have been getting absolutely hoed out by what I thought were slugs. This is serious to the point where I sometimes pick prematurely just b/c I know if I don't they will get eaten overnight.

Today at the one spot I noticed a whol elot had been munched again...the culprit? There are these tiny, tiny little spider shaped things...much smaller bodies than a mosquito but big enuff to individually be able to make out. The bastards were smarming all over the place and devouring actives and non actives alike.

Has anybody else come across these little bastards before?

One of the strange results I noticed was that what I am 90% sure is a nicely sized sub has been absolutely ravaged all around, and has gone a pretty dark pooey black colour...is this fulla still good to eat?

Has anybody got a method sorted to kill these pests without harming the mushrooms or making them any less edible?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum but Im really not sure where else to post.


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: Cyberdyne]
    #4309552 - 06/18/05 12:54 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

You could always try spraying with tobacco water. Nicotine is very toxic and is commonly used in pesticides. As you might have guessed, nicotine isn't quite as toxic to humans as it is to bugs.

I use this on various plants, here's how I did it:
1. Broke up some cigars and threw them into a boiling pot of water.
2. Let boil for 10-20 min.
3. Let cool.
4. Strain out tobacco leaves.
5. Put in a spray/mister bottle and go to town on the bugs.


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: Cyberdyne]
    #4309563 - 06/18/05 12:57 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

nah man, over in america here we get fungus gnats and fruit flies and stuff that just love to munch down our patches, probably similar to what you got goin' on over there. listen to gumby.


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: CptnGarden]
    #4309893 - 06/18/05 02:42 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

hehe, various plants :laugh:  Cheers mate Ill give it a go with some tobacco and see how that works. 

PLUS added bonus of being able to check out your patches with a particularly legitimate looking activity :laugh:

'the fuck are you doing?'
Er, Im a contracter mate, bug spray...what are you doing?


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: Cyberdyne]
    #4309909 - 06/18/05 02:48 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

are they flying pests?


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: JoeyBond]
    #4310172 - 06/18/05 05:50 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

nah they aren't I don't think...just tiny tiny little crawly mother huckers...

literally their bodies are smaller than this >> . <<< but heres heapppsssss of them on mushrooms theyve taken over and they on them like ants on honey.


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Re: Annoying pests in New Zealand [Re: Cyberdyne]
    #4310672 - 06/18/05 01:30 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Well dude, I live in Western Australia and my subs get exactly the same things by the sounds of it. I dont think they are eating my patch though..... It is definately slugs that go to town on them. I find whenever I dry mine under the fan there is a pile of these dead bugs leftover. Seems to get rid of them pretty well.


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