The battle with bugs has begun. I woke up this morning to an unpleasant reality- bugs have been eating on my roses, my million bells, and my salvia.
I always promised myself that I wouldn’t use pesticides- I don’t like using chemicals with the kiddos around- so I have started out with dish soap and water, something that I have read does not hurt the plants but the bugs don’t like it.
Hopefully that will work. If not, I may resort to a chemical dust.
Update: two days of trying other things yielded no results- so I am reluctantly breaking out the Sevin-5. Our tomato plants got totally obliterated by caterpillars last year, so my husband bought it to regularly treat the tomatoes in hopes that we may actually get to eat some this year. So far so good.
I would love to hear any other suggestions you might have for dealing with bugs. I would esp. love a natural remedy that actually works.
Here are some pics of the bugs that I have seen on my plants so you can keep an eye out for them too.
Aphids may be green, yellow, brown, red, or black depending on the species and the plants they feed on. A few species appear waxy or wooly due to the secretion of a waxy white or gray substance over their body surface.
All are small, pear-shaped insects with long legs and antennae. Most species have a pair of tubelike structures called cornicles projecting backwards out of the hind end of their bodies. The presence of cornicles distinguishes aphids from all other insects.
*** For more info on aphids from site where I got the quote above, click here.
INCHWORMS (or caterpillars)
The best treatment for inchworms on roses is hand removal. Pick off the larvae and dispose of them appropriately. Some gardeners have no problem exterminating the creatures by squeezing. For the more sensitive person, drop the larvae into a bucket of soapy water. If the infestation is large, an insecticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis is an effective treatment. This bacterium is pathogenic to the insect but not to surrounding vegetation.
Go to this link to find out more info. about them- very concise and to the point with all the pertinent info. click here
Note: These little guys are microscopic- you might not see them, just the damage they are doing to your plants.