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  1. anonabug

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Sat Sep 8 2018 10:57:28

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    See more detailed thread under Beauveria Bassiana. But in short, Botanigard fungus worked in two different apartments in two separate buildings., likely cleared the entire building. This fungus is safe enough to be used in greenhouses and to be applied the same day as shipping for edible fruits and vegetables, also has been approved for use in residential units in an oil formulation. It is certainly safer than repeated and ineffective applications of insecticides, especially when children are present. However, I would not recommend using this in a unit where very young infants are living, because they may not yet have developed an effective immune system. I wouldn't use it in a unit with infants under a year, since infants under a year old can develop thrush (an oral yeast infection), because their immune system does not optimally fight fungus One could make the same assumption about its ability to fight Beauveria Bassiana being less than optimal, too.

    Order Botanigard 22WP (a one pound bag) at a time of year when it is unlikely to be exposed to extreme heat or cold in shipping, which could kill the spores. Store it in a cool, but NOT freezing, location, between about 45 and 80 degrees F.

    Mix well one heaping tablespoon into one gallon of lukewarm (about 70 degree Fahrenheit) water in an inexpensive one gallon HDX garden sprayer. Good idea to use a thermometer to check the temperature of the water before mixing in powder. If water is too warm, it will kill the spores.

    Make apartment as warm and humid as possible.

    Don a respirator type filter mask, for extra safety, and wear long sleeves tucked into gloves, long pants, tuck pants into socks, etc. Put all clothing directly into wash afterwards, and shower. This is only out of an abundance of caution - I don't think that they do this when spraying this stuff in greenhouses or on produce.

    WITHOUT PREP, spray liberally entire unit with the solution, concentrating on the mattresses, bedding, floor around beds, baseboards, ceiling cornices, outlets. The best transmission to bedbugs has been found when they crawl over cloth that has been soaked in fungus solution. Use about a gallon per 1000 sq ft.

    Allow dry for about 6 hours before re-entering unit.

    Repeat weekly for two or three more times.

    In both situations, the units were entirely cleared of bedbugs in 2-3 weeks, without treatment of adjacent units. The fungus infects the bedbugs, who then carry it back to their colony, who then spread it to adjacent colonies.

    Although the fungus germinates only in insect shells (chitin), there is ONE report of a person with leukemia (very immunosuppressed) developing an infection with this fungus.

    This is only an anecdotal report, with only two confirmed attempts, both a resounding success. But it's relatively cheap (all equipment for under $200, would provide over 60 treatments), appears to be safe (and the stuff has been used for decades in organic gardening, also was studied for a decade by Penn State when they were formulating Apprehend), and appears to be effective. Best of all, if you can infect only a few bugs, the fungus is contagious, and can and will clear an entire building. There is a report on the internet of someone having caught about a dozen LIVE bedbugs in his unit, having placed them in a jar with cloth soaked in the above solution for 12 hrs, then having let them loose again in his apartment. Two weeks later, bedbugs reportedly gone. That is ingenious - no need to spray the fungus all over the unit. But it's really hard to find and catch the little buggers!

    This is only an amateur's anecdotal report. Do your own research, and use your own judgement.

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Wed Oct 10 2018 16:23:40

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    Legally you can't use the product if it isn't labelled for use where you want to use it. The active fungus ingredient is more than 5x & 10x (respectively) the amount in Botanigard, Botanigard 22WP vs Aprehend.

    For use in controlling Whitefly, Aphids, Thrips, Psyllids, Weevils and Mealybugs in Ornamentals and Vegetables, Indoor/Outdoor Nursery, Greenhouse, Shadehouse, Commercial Landscape, Interiorscape and Turf.
    Whitefly, aphids, thrips, psyllids, mealybugs, leafhoppers, weevils, plant bugs, borers and leaf-feeding insects in field, agronomic, vegetable and orchard crops and in ornamentals and vegetables; forestry; grasshopers, mormon crickets, locusts, beetles in rangeland, improved pastures and agronomic crops; indoor and outdoor nurseries, greenhouse, shadehouse, commercial landscape, interiorscape and turf.

    Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA .............. 11.3%

    Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA ............... 22.0%

    Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA .................. 2.0%

    Also there is one more product, but it has a chemical insecticide component in addition to the fungus.
    For use in controlling Whitefly, Aphids, Thrips, Psyllids, Spider Mites, Mealybugs, Leafhoppers, Weevils, Plant Bugs, Borers and Leaf-feeding Insects in Field, Agronomic, Vegetable and Orchard Crops; Ornamentals and Vegetables, Indoor/Outdoor Nursery, Greenhouse, Shadehouse; Improved Pastures and Agronomic Crops; Commercial Landscape, Interiorscape and Turf.
    Active Ingredients:
    Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA……………………….....0.06%

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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