have noticed over the past few weeks that a lot of the herbs and
veg plants we have growing in the garden are infested with a bug
that I know as "Cuckoo spit" or "spittle bug". Does this bug cause
any damage to the plants? If they do, are there any organic treatments
I can use or any companion plants that will discourage them?
bugs suck the sap from the green stems and leaves of herbs and veggies,
etc. They don't do too much damage; they look worse than they really
To control, it is important
to hose off plants to remove spittle before using an insecticide.
You may find that just hosing does the trick. If not, follow up
with a spray of Pyrethrum which is an organic insecticide.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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