So I was sitting at home at 8:15PM watching the Olympics when I went to check the status of my delayed flight to LA and what once read 12:39 AM (next day) was now reading 8:55PM... I grabbed 3 shirts (still have no idea which ones) and threw them in a bag and ran, got in the car, drove 55 (60 in some areas), parked in the short term lot ($13 a day), ran some more (almost fainted from running so fast) and quickly got through security (thankfully no one with 4 bags of 8oz liquids was infront of me.) Long story short, I made it to the gate at 8:45PM and I am typing from the air... After tonight I think I should be on the "Amazing Race." I can't believe I made it!
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)