Bringing outdoor plants indoors - bugs?

Old 09-03-05, 10:54 PM
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Bringing outdoor plants indoors - bugs?

I have 3 rubber plants that have been on the patio all summer. I live in the north and need to bring them indoors for the winter. Is there something that could be used to kill any bugs that are in the soil without damaging the plants?
Old 10-03-05, 09:47 PM
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There are many insecticides that have no phytotoxicity(dont kill plants). All insecticides I use don't kill plants. Look at the label when you are buying the chemical, or ask someone who works there. I would guess some ortho, over the counter would work. They are a perimeter treatment, just read the directions before you buy, it will tell you everything.
Old 10-04-05, 03:10 PM
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Thanks Weekend.
I did some google-ing and found that most information that came up about malathion said it was harmless to plants.
About a week ago I put a tablespoon in a gallon of water (as per the instructions on the label) and soaked the soil and roots.
Three days later I brought the plants indoors.
They seem to be doing fine, but it's probably too soon to conclude that this is a perfectly safe and effective method of bug removal.
Another few weeks will tell for sure.

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