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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

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