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on Aug 17, 2013

I just want to update a recent post I made about the Bagrada Bug and soap. I had said that soap will not work at killing the pest. I was wrong and just had to try and see if it were possible. So I experimented by capturing about 20 and using a mixture of Kirkland's Environmentally Safe Dish Soap and water. In just a few minutes after the B-Bug comes into contact with the soap they perish. And no I didn't drown them.

I mixed 1/2 a cup of Kirkland ESDS with 2 gallons of water into a hand pump garden sprayer and wiped them all out. I let the soapy mixture sit on the plant for twenty minutes...and I was thorough. I started spraying the area around my Arugula patch first. I was trying to contain them. They are fast runners and in the begining they did try to cross my yard. So it pays to encircle them. Give them a good soaking. I removed all the Arugula and placed them into a large black trash bag, giving them even more soap for good measure. I was able to actually see the Bagrada young trying to retreat too. I hope this will do it. I'd love to hear from others how they are dealing with this bug. Good luck.

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