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Hi syzzycue. Just put down about two dozen crushed eggshells this morning. I'll sprinkle cayenne in a bit when I hang the borax bags up. Something's gotta work! The bush is just about defoliated--with blooms. It's looks like a parable on life & d
I hope your weren't too late. The aphids got my gratefruit tree and I am hoping it has a leaf on it soon. I used epsom salts and vinegar to spray it then watered the plant with the rest of the solution. I appreciate the pick of Best Answer thank you.
I'll check out Slugo. I put out some beer, but all I got was wood roaches! I'm not sure where rose slugs go at night. Thanks, Dave!
You might do a little experiment using cheesecloth, fruit and borax... mix the two, wrap in cheesecloth, and hang it in the rosebush. The slugs must go down into the leaf litter below the plants. They have to remain in moist conditions or the dry out
I actually have some Borax as well as fruit & cheesecloth.. I'll give it try, Dave. The slugs have very nearly defoliated the entire plant. Thanks for your help.
are you 100% sure it is slugs?
Hi Dave. I'm very bad at identifying plant problems, despite going to several workshops about it, but I'm pretty sure these are rose slugs. They're the larvae of sawflies, and I've seen the flies around the bushes & the slugs.
Yes, these are the larvae of sawflies. I've never had a problem before. I've been spraying w/ insecticidal soap. Getting underneath is hard. Hope there's something left for the Jap. beetles to eat! Thanks for the advice. Hadn't considered neem oil
A gardening buddy suggested the diatomaceous earth, too. These rose slugs are the larvae of sawflies. They look more like worms to me than slugs, but they are soft-bodied, so the shells might work. Thanks, Tina. Oops, I'm about out of room!
Diatomaceous earth is made up of silica... the same stuff they use to make glass. It only works if it is consumed. If these are saw fly larvae as mentioned below, then it will likely not work since they will not consume it.