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Old 04-27-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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Last year was my first true experience with these horrendous insects. Just wondering whats everyones opinion on best approach to keeping them at bay. They entirely consumed every Rose Bush and Crape Myrtle in my landscape.
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Union County
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I have used the bug bags, they catch TONS of them... but at the same time you got to think about where you place it because it attracts the beetles. You also have to change the bag every other day or it will smell bad. Other than that, seven dust has also worked or seven spray. Found at any home depot/lowes type store.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Ballantyne
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Last year was my first true experience with these horrendous insects. Just wondering whats everyones opinion on best approach to keeping them at bay. They entirely consumed every Rose Bush and Crape Myrtle in my landscape.

I use Ortho Systemic Insect Killer Concentrate. It works wonders.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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I had the same problem! I read on the internet somewhere to treat the area with milky spore or make a spray of liquid dishsoap and hot pepper, or even plant garlic.

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I didn't actually try any of these, so use at your own risk! Good luck!

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Old 04-27-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Last year was my first true experience with these horrendous insects. Just wondering whats everyones opinion on best approach to keeping them at bay. They entirely consumed every Rose Bush and Crape Myrtle in my landscape.
I tried bug bags with limited success. I had the best luck drowning them.

Wash out a glass jar. Fill 1/3 with water. Pour enough olive oil to have 1/3 to 1/2 an inch floating on top of the water. Buy very cheap olive oil or use old olive oil. Take a twig & knock the beetles in. Set the jar some place safe & the next day dump it & start again. The olive oil won't hurt anything.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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Here is a thread on milky spore that was discussed recently.

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Old 04-27-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The problem with milky spore is that you have to get all the neighbors who live nearby to use it, too... or the beetles simply commute from the yard next door.

Of course, you could have some fun with this, too. Maybe you could throw a neighborhood Milky Spore party.

We like using the bags. And, during the worst of it I always walk the garden every night and picked them off the plants. Gross, yes, but worth it.

Beetles are another reason to like the knockout roses. They don't seem to attract them as much as other roses do.
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