A plague of white fly

I have just finished the most disgusting task: pruning the oleanders [and we have hundreds] to get rid of the residue of dead white fly. We have been plagued this summer with white fly, something we haven’t had here before and which only seems to affect the oleanders. pink elfa flower bud with white fly 1-7-13

pink elfa flowers with white fly 1-7-13They target the youngest, tenderest stems and flower buds and leave a sticky shiny coating on everything. After a consultation at the vivero, the garden centre, we bought an insecticide called Confidente. bottle of Confidente 12-7-13Our strategy comprised three phases: first, D sprayed every single elfa, not a small task on our slopes. Once the bugs were dead, usually the following day, I pruned every affected branch. D spraying 12-7-13It was the stickiest job I have ever done in the garden, the motivation to finish being a dip in the pool. The final task was to wash over each plant with water containing a small squeeze of washing-up liquid [something my mother did when the roses were attacked by greenfly]. A very laborious process but one which has triumphed.red elfa flower bud - clean and recovered 15-7-13The white fly have gone, the oleanders are recovering, there is new growth sprouting and new flower buds opening [above]. It has been a long week.
5 to remember
la tarea – task
el residuo – residue
la mosca blanca – white fly
la plaga – plague
pegajoso/a – sticky

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