using a shop vacuum in the garden

zelenkabachJune 28, 2013

I have heard of people using shop vacuums to suck up insect pests in the garden. I would love to do this as well. Has anyone had any experience with this? Does the noise or vibration from the vacuum scare the insects away? Please advise!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have never heard of using a shop vac for that purpose. Think about it. You'd end up vacuuming whole plants into the cannister.

People do use hand held vacs, however, and there are even special vacuums just for this purpose.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 5:40AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Recently read an anecdote from someone who used a dust-buster type thing to remove the brown bits from her Boston fern. That sounded a lot quicker if one has let a lot of brown accumulate. I also worry shop vac might be a bit too strong.

What are you battling? This (general idea of suction) might help with spider mites. I wonder about aphids. They grab on well.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:08AM
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I have used it to suck up dead leaves, etc around my roses, but haven't thought to try it on insects.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:13PM
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