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the top but can’t fly back out. They eventually die and fall into the liquid. The water level needs topping up now and then. Empty traps when they start to fill up. Warmer weather means other pests are gearing up for a breeding frenzy. Look out for fluffy bums (juvenile passionvine hoppers), mosquito wrigglers, aphids, mealy bugs, green vege bugs and scale. Squash the early arrivals to slow the population explosion. You won’t get them all – there’ll be some left to feed the predatory beneficial insects that will help maintain a balance.
– Barbara Smith