Whiteflies and Other Garden Pests
It's As Magical
as Waving a Wand!
by Sara Pentz
throughout the world have fought off pesky pests
for centuries in order to grow beautiful flowering
plants and lush vegetables. Chemical sprays helped
rid gardens of the critters for a while. Even
organic brews have been concocted to vanquish
According to Sunset Western Garden Book
, aphids damage a wide variety of plants by piercing
the leaves and stems, then sucking out plant juices.
Some aphids also transmit viral diseases. Mealy
bugs and whiteflies attack both indoor and outdoor
plants, and are troublesome in warm-winter areas.
They suck plant juices, causing stunting and,
in some cases, kill the plant. Of the many kinds
of mites, some are host specific, such as clover
and citrus bud mites. Others, namely spider mites,
attack a variety of outdoor and indoor plants
(especially roses) by sucking plant juices.
Additionally, a recent study by the Agricultural
Experiment Station at the University of California,
Riverside, CA, studied side-by-side comparisons
with several pesticides indicated that the use
of a strong stream of water directed to the undersides
of infested leaves (syringing) "...performed as
well or better than chemical treatments." The
study recommends syringing at least once a week
with high whitefly population, then once every
two or three weeks as populations decrease. Sunset
Western Garden Book also recommends hitting
both sides of leaves of infested plants.
Syringing solves the #1 problem of whiteflies
for Southern California gardeners. Syringing annihilates
the sticky white flys residue from the underside
of the leaves and blasts the whiteflies from mid-air
as they try to escape. "After only one application,
the syringing devastates the whitefly's life cycle
from egg to moth," explains O'Donnell, a licensed
landscape contractor. "With only a few additional
treatments, plants regain complete health. Syringing
is probably the easiest, most environmentally
sound method of eradicating the creatures of the
world who feast on our luscious vegetation."
Using a concentrated wall of water covers areas
of the vegetation where even the best chemicals
can not reach, blasting pests from the underside
and tops of leaves while cleaning sooty mold and
dirt from all angles. Syringing also works equally
well for rejuvenating and cleaning both indoor
and outdoor plants. Syringing systematically eliminates
the constant threat of pests on your ornamentals,
vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Using it will
keep your reputation for having a green thumb
No one has found an easier way to wipe out those
devilish demons than Southern California master
gardener Patrick O'Donnell, who invented the mighty
Bug Blaster for that purpose. I have used it myself
under many different and unusual conditions, and
it manages bug infestations better than any other
product I've found on the market. After experimenting
with the size, shape and configuration of the
nozzle sprayer, I found this final version to
be the most effective."
It's so easy; even a small child can use it! In
fact, the Bug Blaster wand sprayer is simply attached
to the common garden hose with an unusually designed
nozzle that creates a 360-degree wall of water.
Imagine cleansing your green treasures with H2O.
Novel as it is, this garden sprayer effectively
controls aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs and spider
mites for gardeners.
Here's how it works: Aim the spray from the Bug
Blaster in a vertical direction using a sweeping
motion as you work the nozzle in and out of the
shrub, and concentrating the spray on the infected
portion of the plant. Control the water flow with
the easy-to-use valve at the base of the handle.
Spray plants from the top and then from the bottom.
For delicate plants, you merely restrict the flow;
for hardy plants or heavy infestation, just blast
away! It's as easy as waving a magic wand!
The Bug Blaster, www.thebugblaster.com
, is 100% environmentally safe and provides the
most effective non-toxic control of garden pests.
For those who elect not to use pesticides because
they present a potential risk to children, pets
and even to the plants they are supposedly protecting,
the Bug Blaster offers gardeners an inexpensive,
user friendly option. Additionally, the Bug Blaster
saves time - no more measuring, mixing or rinsing
The patent pending Bug Blaster is 70 percent successful
on adult whiteflies and up to 100 percent on infant
pests or larval stages. It also dislodges most
eggs. After one application, the device eliminates
colony take over.