Bougainvillea Pest Control Products

Views: 24330 | Last Update: 2008-07-09
Bougainvilleas are usually pest free plants but pests will sometimes infest in the spring. Learn about organic pest control products for bougainvilleas with tips from a gardener in this free plant care video. View Video Transcript

About this Author

eHow Home & Garden Editor

Video Transcript

Now we're here to talk about invading pests or insects in your garden. Basically your bougainvillea is a pest-free plant. Occasionally, mainly during the spring, you will get an infestation of insects, unwanted insects. Aphids, white flies, mites, some caterpillars, an occasional moth. We have things that will take care of these problems. Now I think Mama Earth needs all the help she can get so I am going to show you a few organic and/or product-safe ingredients that you can put together in your home to control these insects. Later on I will show you a little bit more of the heavy duty chemicals that you can use as a last resort. OK, if you find that you have a sucking insect on your plant, a parasitical insect if you will, that you do not want in your garden, you can take any oil, you can take a nemoil product, a dormant oil or any vegetable oil. Three tablespoons put in your sprayer with one tablespoon of liquid detergent soap. Warm water, mix well, spray your plant on the top as well as underneath the leaves. And don't be afraid to give it a second and third application as needed. Again, these products are a safe, organic way to control your pests on your bougainvillea. Now, if you find that the soap and the oil does not work too well you can go to a strict oil. Again this is safe for your pets and your children. Follow directions, you can find these products in any home center or nursery. Now this particular product is both a fungicide, a miticide and an insecticide. Follow the directions. Now, you can go to your nursery and home center and find these things already pre-made in a sprayer. It's easy, it's quick, again, these are very safe to use in your garden; these are oil-based. Now if you come across and some snails and slugs: pre-bait. In other words prevention is a really good thing to do in your garden. Pre-bait will take care of snails, slugs, these are even safe with your children and with your pets. Earwigs, sal-bugs, and a lot of unwanted insects in your garden. If you find that these oils and the soap mixture really doesn't work too well and you want something a little bit stronger you can go to a product that you can either mix with water or a granular that would work as a systemic. It goes through their leaves and roots of your plant, it will not wash off and the protection is good for six to eight weeks. Now, occasionally you might get termites around the base of your bougainvillea. Easy to treat, you can go to any nursery or local home center and get a proper soil treatment for that. What you can do with caterpillars and moths is very simple. There are a lot of products that only target the invading insect. In other words: Dipel, mix with water, or you can put it onto the leaves of the plant. The insect comes along, nibbles on the leaf, it goes into the digestion tract of the insect and there it takes care of the problem in there, leaving the beneficial insects alone. Again, there is a variety of products on the market, both liquid, powder and dry that you can use to keep the attacking insects at bay.