[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] Banishing the Bugs

For the past few springs, my lilies have been infested early in spring by red lily leaf beetles, which, if left alone, will destroy lilies and related plants. I have resorted to hand picking of beetles off my plants combined with a good spray of insecticide just once early in the season, at a time when there are no other beneficial insects (such as bees) in the garden. I am pleased to say that once again, my lilies have survived while the beetles have not.

 

 

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  • http://timfall.wordpress.com/ Tim

    For us, it’s aphids on our roses. The local gardening stores sell ladybugs, because they eat aphids like I eat pizza. Works well. Them eating aphids I mean, not me eating pizza. Although I wouldn’t mind a slice right now.
    Your post made me hungry, Ellen.

  • Dave Parker

    > I have resorted to hand picking of beetles off my plants …

    Gently? :)

    “The beetle reportedly will squeak if squeezed gently (however, few gardeners are willing to be gentle to this beetle).” http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/neweng/2002040522017914.html


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