Well I have always tried to get along with the insect word, (well maybe not the Japanese Beetles) and have hated to spray my flowers with hard insecticides because it kills the bees and butterflies and other beneficial insects but I have declared war on a new beetle from hell in my garden. No more “Mrs. Nice Gardener”.
I do not know what kind of new beetle this is but I have never saw a hungrier leaf gnawing beetle in my life. These things are running around like crazy and frenzied alien beetles that have just been invited to a banquet and are afraid the food is going to run out before they get their fill. I have never saw the like of such a veracious bug.
I tried to get rid of them by using “ green” insecticides, but they did not even stop a one of them so I had to get out the hard stuff by the name of “Bug Stop” which by this point was all that I wanted to get done and fast. KILL!! I became a blood thirsty gardener over night. So I sprayed the leaves and tried to stay clear of the blooms and buds which the beneficial insects like hoping not to do too much harm. They were not attacking the blooms but the leaves and stems which was leaving some of the bloom stalks dying also. I am actually thinking they may be mini robots sent from Mars just because we are invading their space. LOL!
If the ‘Curiosity’ rover on Mars spots some of these beetles there I will not be surprised at all. No wonder the planet is red instead of green.
I found that the food of choice were my Japanese Anemone leaves. They had them in tatters and bare in two days. Talk about appetites. Now I have anemone blooms standing bare naked on stems with out any leaves at all on the smaller plants and the bigger ones are so tattered and chewed that what remains of the leaves are curling up and turning brown.
That is what roused me to declare war on these beetles and I showed them no mercy. Bug Stop stopped them dead in their tracks. Sometimes a gardener has to give in to desperate measures.
If they had feasted on all of the weeds on the property they would have been more than welcome. LOL!
Now the Anemones look so terrible with shredded leaves or no leaves at all.
This is the first year I have had these beetles and I hope they never return. In the future though if I see the first tattered leaf on my anemones I will not try to play nice with them but declare war much sooner and pull out the Bug Stop or Raid.
Happy (Well Almost) Gardening,