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Bugs! How can I kill them without killing pollinators!

8 months ago

Several of my flowering plants have pest problems. A potted flower has thrips. Several flowering annuals and perennials have spider mites. Slugs getting into flower pots. Problems with both potted annuals and garden perennials. How can I treat everything without hurting pollinators? Someone mentioned a soap bath - submerging pots, flowers & all, in soapy water for 15 minutes. Then hosing them off. Will this kill my flowers? Will it kill thrips, mites, slugs, etc? I read that Neem oil burns foliage when it's hot, and it is hot. Suggestions appreciated!

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