Help My flowers are being destroyed by those nasty beetles

United States
June 19, 2008 1:12pm CST
Any suggestions on getting rid of those nasty beetles. I think they are called japanese beetles. I have tried seven dust last year and it did not work. I don't have money for expensive sprays. If I buy one I need to know it works. They are out and about already I saw them on my Plants today. My roses look horrible and my newly planted flowers are not going to make it if they are not gone soon. HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
3 responses
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Hi Travi, Try buying lady bugs. It has been awhile since I invested my time on gardening but once upon a time I had a beautiful carefree, and bugfree garden. I do the basics first. I usually feed the plants on time, then I at the begining of spring I spray it with insecticidal soap, next releease beneficials. You may skip all the steps but it would cost you more, because all the steps work together as team work. The best part, you will end up spending less money later on when the plants are estblished. You can purchase lady bugs from the nursery or home depot or lowes. then early morning release them. Don't release them at night, they will fly away sooner. Place on one plants etc. They will eat most aphids. I recalled Japanese beetles being a problem for me too, and I used lady bugs and spray. Do you have a armstrong nursery nearby? if yes, ask them for the organic spray. It works but cost $6.99 a bottle. but dn't spray them when it is really hot, it will burn the plants. by the way what does the plants look like now? I have a book of disease and bugs too. What flowers do you have that are affected? I can read on it and send you a post later.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I love carefree and bug free gardens. Mine started out that way and now it is terrible lol. So the insecticidal soap and the release beneficials all go together? Is there a name brand to look for on these? Or can I make the soap? Lady bugs you mean like live lady bugs? we have those things like crazy here. I had them all winter long almost because they had gotten into my house and hide out somewhere. I only know they were here because each time I would get into my tanning bed they would hope in there with me. It drove me crazy lol. We don't have an armstrongs nursery here but I know we have two other ones in town. I bet I can go there and they might have something similar. I seen my father in laws ducks here this morning so what ever I use I want to make sure it don't harm the ducks. My plants are all chewed up. I have newly planted trees, wild flowers, rose of sharron, roses, irises, honey suckle, newly planted wisteria, and some other little flowers and I am not sure of the names. the only thing not ate on is the irises, honey suckle and so far the wisteria. I am afraid if I don't do something my newly planted wild flowers are going to die. The bugs look like june bugs but smaller. They are taking over my yard. Thank you so much for the help.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
20 Jun 08
wow, you got an impressive garden collection. Each plants work differently, the problem with using one type of spray you may cause another one not to bloom anymore. So becareful with chemical. But it sounds like you got a great combination. Yes You can make your own insecticidal soap. I don't remember how anymore, but it was really cheap to do. first, cut back any leaves, stem that is already damage. There may be eggs hiding and you want to get rid of them before they pass on to your other plants. Avoid misting them with water after sunset. This invite a lot of little bugs, and clean up the ground where the plants are, this way they have little chance of hiding there. Insecticidal soap-It involved baking soda (yes baking soda) and something else, plus a brush, tooth brush or brush for the hair, and a mesh, plus of course water. YOu can try to check it out on online on how to make one. You can choose to spray the plants with that or to do a good cleaning so they don't hide underneath, spray then get busy with really brushing the leaves. The insectidial soap, you can buy any brand. The lady bugs, yep those little red ones. Also fertlize often. I have a book for the twelve months that is written for California. sorry, my thoughts are scattered. I am trying to remember so much. If you can wait until Mondya, I read through my garden book and find the exact way how to make it. good luck and I hope this helps.
• United States
21 Jun 08
Thanks so much for helping me out. I will try to look it up online and see what I can come up with on making the insecticidal soap. Man I don't want to invite any more lady bugs around here because they drove me crazy last year lol. They were bugging me more than they were helping my plants I think. We had them worse than flies. I appreciate all the help and will get busy seeing what I can find out.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Maybe you can grow your flowers covered up in a greenhouse or so.. There should be a chemical that you can use that will stop this..
• United States
20 Jun 08
Thanks for the suggestion. I really only grow things to help the yard look nice. Although I am getting to the point I am ready to pull it all up to get rid of the bugs lol. I bought 7 dust last year and it did not help. I have a few ideas so far to try so I think I will give those a try. Thanks again for repling.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I have tried nearly everything on the market, including one that said it was specifically for Japanese beetles with no luck. Finally I tried Ortho Max and it did the trick. I worried that it might hurt the plants but those beetles were destroying my Chinese wisteria so figured I couldn't hurt it any more than they were. It worked so well that I used it on all my plants. And they all did beautifully...until the killer frost we got last year, but there was nothing I could do about that. It was really bad. Anyway, give it a try and I think you'll be pleased. Good luck with your flowers.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I might have to try the ortho max then. I worry that it might harm the ducks that belong to my father in law. I might have to get him to pen them up for a couple of days until I can get this problem under control. I know the ducks eat them but I have more bugs than the ducks can eat. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion. I will be checking it out.