Spittle bugs

I have spittle bugs at the base of most of my strawberries. What is safe to use? I have sprayed with a sharp stream of water and washed some off, but the next day they are back or more are there. I don't want to kill the strawberry plants. They are just starting to ripen. I have them planted in raised beds and this is the second year in the ground. Thanks Anna
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This article just came today in a monthly email from Oregon State University.
FROTH ON LEAVES IS CAUSED BY SPITTLEBUGS But are they harmful? OSU Extension entomologist explains. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/story.php?S_NoW3&storyType=garden

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Thanks, I had heard that soap could be used, but didn't know what kind or how much to add to the water. Anna
| > I have spittle bugs at the base of most of my strawberries. What is safe | to | > use? I have sprayed with a sharp stream of water and washed some off, but | > the next day they are back or more are there. I don't want to kill the | > strawberry plants. They are just starting to ripen. | > I have them planted in raised beds and this is the second year in the | > ground. | > Thanks | > Anna | > | > | |
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I get spittle bugs on my dittany... I just ignore them because they've never caused any damage to these plants. I just spray them off with the hose when I hand water.
I don't know much about them, are they damaging the plants at all?
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It is still too early to tell. But they are every where, even on my roses. I have been spraying them off with water, but worry that I may be getting too much water on the strawberries. I read that they can cause problems with the plants. Anna
wrote: | | > I have spittle bugs at the base of most of my strawberries. What is safe to | > use? I have sprayed with a sharp stream of water and washed some off, but | > the next day they are back or more are there. I don't want to kill the | > strawberry plants. They are just starting to ripen. | > I have them planted in raised beds and this is the second year in the | > ground. | > Thanks | > Anna | > | > | | I get spittle bugs on my dittany... | I just ignore them because they've never caused any damage to these | plants. I just spray them off with the hose when I hand water. | | I don't know much about them, are they damaging the plants at all? | -- | K. | | Sprout the MungBean to reply | | "I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell | see, I have friends in both places." --Mark Twain
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Anna:
I have a lot this year on the pepper stems. They do suck juices and will introduce fungus problems. I just smash them with dirt clods, but any liquid dish detergent, a good squeeze per gallon, put it in a sprayer and put it on stream. It will knock them off and coat them so they die. I use Dr Bronners peppermint personally, you have to read a LOT of the label to get to that part...
Pyrethrins work too.
John!
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Thanks, I'll give them the dish soap treatment then. I just didn't want to kill them. Anna
| Anna: | | I have a lot this year on the pepper stems. They do suck juices and | will introduce fungus problems. I just smash them with dirt clods, but | any liquid dish detergent, a good squeeze per gallon, put it in a | sprayer and put it on stream. It will knock them off and coat them so | they die. I use Dr Bronners peppermint personally, you have to read a | LOT of the label to get to that part... | | Pyrethrins work too. | | John! | | Anna wrote: | > It is still too early to tell. But they are every where, even on my roses. | > I have been spraying them off with water, but worry that I may be getting | > too much water on the strawberries. I read that they can cause problems | > with the plants. | > Anna
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GA Pinhead wrote:

Ah, I love reading the Dr. Bronner's labels. What fun!
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It is all on their website, the whole history and everything. Great soap anyway...
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