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Trees, Shrubs and Conifers: Coke and Listerine fruit tree spray?

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cr0ak
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9353608

Hi,

The past couple of years I've not been able to grow any fruit (pears, apples, peaches, nectarines) because all of my trees have been hit with oriental flying moths. Last month, when I was standing in line waiting to vote, I got to talking with several ladies in line and I was bemoaning the fact that I just can't grow fruit because the dang moths keep attacking my fruit trees. One of the ladies mentioned that she sprays her trees 3 to 4 times a year with a Coke and Listerine spray. She mentioned that there's info on the internet about it.

However, after doing some extensive searching, I'm unable to come up with any information about using this "organic"-type of spray, and, unfortunately, I didn't ask her what proportions to use.

Has anyone ever heard of using Coke and Listerine to keep the pests away from fruit trees?
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 10, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9355067

Jeese co0ak, it'd keep ME away from your fruit trees! LOL! Best to you!

medlarman

medlarman
Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9359237

Never heard of this!

Listerine has an alcohol content of 26%, as well as random bioactive substances (e.g. menthol). I can't think what Coke would bring to the table. Maybe caffeine, although the content is not very high. Still, give it a try -- at the very least you'd get an amusing story out of it (and a minty fresh orchard).

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9370539

is it the moths doing the damage or their larvae, the caterpillars?

if it's the cats, you need to spray with something like Ferti-lome Borer, Bagworm and Leafminer spray. the active ingredient is Spinosad and is considered organic. you can buy other Spinosad products but this one is the cheapest. Ace carries it here in florida. you can also spray with a Bt (Thuricide) product. also organic and works much the same way. the cats eat it and die.
kakishibuchris
MARVEL, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
6:20 AM

Post #9387969

Maybe the sticky in the Coke helps the rest of it to stay on the leaves and bark?

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