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Bugs on Dahlia Flowers

Posted by dorioh 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 30, 07 at 17:40

I just bought my first dahlia plant. I cut some flowers to bring inside, but they were covered with teeny black bugs. They are much smaller than a pinhead and look elongated. They are on the blooms, not the leaves or stems. Any ideas what they are and how to get rid of them?

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RE: Bugs on Dahlia Flowers

Sounds like Trips. I had a problem with them for a while, but it seems like the Pirate Bugs are getting them under control now.
I have used Spinosad on the buds as they are just starting to open and it seems to help. I don't like to use it on the flowers when they are fully open, becuase it is toxic to bees. The product I use is made by Green Light. Hope this helps.

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