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How to Kill Red Lily Leaf Beetles the Eco-friendly Organic Way
For the most part we uphold to the motto "Live and Let Live... except when it comes to Red Lily Beetles decimating our plants. They are also known as Lily Leaf Beetles, but they don't only eat the leaves. These voracious bugs, and their always eating larvae, will actually chew lilies right down to the ground. Since they start growing early in the season and take quite a while before they blossom, I have a problem with that, so on for the hunt.
Gorgeous Example of Asiatic Lily plants
You might ask why go through this battle with lily bugs? Well, this is why. The Stargazer Lilly is one of my absolute favorite flowers. You can see from this image these flowers come in different shades of pink, white, and also yellow, orange and red. They can be one color or several. Well worth the bug battle to save these beautiful blooms.
and Now... Let's Begin
Supplies you always will have on hand
Partially filled glass of water, topped with a thin film of Vegetable oil
Paper napkin or paper towel
1. Place the napkin or paper towel under the plant to catch fallen bugs.
2. Hand pick the beetles and drop into the glass of water with oil.
Repeat daily until no more beetles appear. If you are successful, you may notice less beetle infestation in the next year's bloom since at the end of the feeding period they burrow into the ground.
Note: Most beetles will drop before you can pick them. The napkin/papertowel makes it easier to locate them since they flip upside down. The dark coloring of their "underbelly" allows them to get lost in the mulch or soil.
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