How to Get Rid of Lace Bugs
Lace bugs are known to be small and delicate insects. They are just about 3-6 millimeter long and they have an intricate lace-like appearance on their surfaces. Upon their early years, when they are still immature, they don’t have the lacy wings yet and they come out like spiny creatures. But don’t be deceived by their size and their lace-like wings as they can completely damage the leaves of the plants by sucking out the plant juices. They will leave the leaves discolored and moulted—leaving a dark tar-like spots on the surfaces. Eventually, your leaves will look like the leaves in autumn in terms of color and will fall prematurely. Although they are not much of a threat to the plant, the discoloration is just not pleasant to look at.
Getting rid of lace bugs can be a challenge as recurrence of infestation is very possible. The trick is to just reapply the tips written below as long as you can see lace bugs. There are a few ways to help you get rid of them:
Water the plants
Before attempting any of the tips mentioned below, you’re going to want to head around and spot all of the affected plants. To find these plants, look for a gray, broken down leaf that doesn’t look healthy. These leaves are rather easy to spot. Wearing a pair of gloves, what you’re going to want to do next is wash these plants with water. Make sure to rinse these plants thoroughly. After these plants have been washed, continue onto the insecticidal soap sprays as mentioned below.
This is one of the best pest controls there is. It is proven to be effective, cost-efficient and most of all, it’s natural. All you have to do is to mix water with any kind of detergents. For every gallon of water, that should be 1-2 teaspoons of detergent. For better results, spray this repeatedly until you can see that there are no more lace bugs. Also, take note that lace bugs are in full force during mid-August. So you want to prevent that from happening for it to be easier to get rid of them.
When spraying with insecticidal soap spray, the problem will only be resolved for a few weeks. If you can, be sure to spray these plants at least once a month. For those that don’t have the time, it may be best to consider consulting with a local pest control company that can get rid of the pests for you.
In any case that the insecticidal soap is not effective, there is a much stronger solution. There are ample of insect control products that can be of help like Ortholene Systemic Insect Control, Isotox Insect Killer, Rose and Floral Dust, Volck Oil Spray and many more. Also, you can use products containing Diazinon or Sevin. Always remember to follow the written instructions for assistance as these chemicals may be harmful to your plants if they are not used properly. Always wear protective gloves to make sure your safety too.