Roses forum: Bugs - what bugs you?

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 7, 2010 10:15 AM CST
Here, we had aphids & earwigs. I'm not sure if everyone had earwigs, but I *know* that everyone had aphid problems last year.. in fact, the aphid population was so incredible that there was actually a news cast about the number ladybugs there was in the area! Watch the newscast in the associated link I'm providing... it's AMAZING seeing how many ladybugs this one place up in the mountains had!!

http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=119254
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 8, 2010 10:55 PM CST

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What an amazing story, Toni. Hard to think of ladybugs as pests, but I wouldn't want them flying around my house and into my mouth any more than any other bug.
Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Feb 8, 2010 11:51 PM CST

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Wow, fascinating!
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Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
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dana
Feb 9, 2010 11:40 AM CST
we had swarms of ladybugs one year .. so many that they flew in your mouth when you were talking. at least it happened to me twice. you would get tapped in the head and everything.. i didn garden then and had no idea why they did that.. people were complaining about them biting there were clusters in the houses.. i didnt mind though.. lol
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Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Apr 19, 2010 10:29 AM CST
A friend has swarms of ladybugs in her root cellar. They cover the walls.The root cellar isn't attached to her house, but some fly in. She doesn't mind.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Steve812
May 4, 2010 1:04 PM CST
I have observed that a particular weed that grows in the bottom of the seasonal stream on this property hosts a large number of ladybugs. And I notice that I have had almost no problem with aphids on my roses. So I'm thinking that I need to cultivate this weed... or at least allow it to thrive a number of places.

Had a similar thing with arugula. Two weeks ago black beetles of some sort had overrun my arugula patch, gnawing holes in almost every leaf. Instead of nuking them, I waited. And now I have a couple of very fat and happy lizards, and no new holes in the arugula. Sometimes nature works.

Still waiting for the gopher traps, though.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
May 4, 2010 1:27 PM CST

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If you want nature to do the work, Steve, you could send a badger into the gopher tunnel.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
May 4, 2010 1:34 PM CST
This year, the only bugs I have are the dogs. Waffles keeps digging up everything. :(

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 24, 2010 11:55 AM CST
For some reason my plentiful gophers don't directly bother the roses. The dogs truing to dig up the gophers are a different story!
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