passion vine hopper
there a spray you can make up to control "fluffy bums" in their
BUMS are the nymphs (young stage) of the passion vine hopper. The
adult looks like a small moth with almost transparent wings. Both
adults and young passion vine hoppers suck sap from a wide range
of plants and can form quite large colonies in late summer. They
hop or fly into the air when disturbed.
I don't know of a home-made
spray that is particularly effective at deterring them. Unlike soft
bodied insects, they're probably not very susceptible to soap solutions
or fatty acid sprays. So the least harmful products that should
control them are those containing pyrethrum, like Garlic & Pyrethrum,
and Nature's Way Pyrethrum.
Gardener, Issue 193, 2005, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.