Monday, June 07, 2010

the dread scarlet lily beetle

These little bastards have made swiss cheese out of my lilies.

I've tried squashing, mashing, stomping, burning, roasting and drowning them.

They hump constantly and squeal and kick their legs when hunted.

Soapy water helps to block their breathing but like any insect with a foothold they're hard to exterminate completely.

A local science teacher suggested beer. They're quickly drawn to the aroma and plunge into a drunken doom.

The last search of my garden turned up none but they'll soon be back.

Just wondering if any other Howdlings are familiar with these annoying creatures.


D-Wayne said...

Different plants and different bugs,but I used to use a cayenne pepper/water mixture to keep insects away.

Anonymous said...

I use toxic chemicals from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.