Dead Bugs? YAY
Who cares what those bugs are when the only relevant question is: How can I make them nasty little critters Dead (and I think I did)
I sprayed the plants twice now with homemade, regulation, standard strength bug spray and the bugs have changed color. They were black and now they are pale brown. They never moved much so color may be a good indication of their health or lack thereof :)
And they are getting very hard to find. I found a few bleached specimens trapped in hairs.
You know, I use to have fish in tanks. A friend of mine kept asking me when I was going to stop torturing those poor fish. I got rid of the fish and started collecting houseplants. Lately, after holding plants down in hot water, soaking in loathsome tonics, both homemade and commercial brews, hauling them in and out of house to spray, repot, etc, turning them every which way to inspect leaves for bugs, and realizing that the cause of their affliction is my insistence on keeping tender tropical foliage where temperatures today were 80+F with single digit humidity, the water PH is somewhere around 9, the winters are cold. I am starting to wonder when I am going to stop torturing these poor plants.