Lilies forum: Lily Beetles

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Mar 31, 2011 4:52 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

We don't have them yet, knock on something, but I was looking at the new Brent and Becky catalogue, and saw this:

"We have been asked many times for suggestions on how to treat organically the Lily Beetle problem that some people experience in the northeast. We thank Carolyn, one of our customers for sharing this solution with us!

1. Hose the lilies down with water

2. Absolutely cover them with wood ashes, top and bottom of leaves covered

3. Wait 15 minutes

4. Hose off with water

5. Watch, if you see them again, do it again. She used this treatment twice last year and it really worked. "

Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Apr 1, 2011 3:06 PM CST
Interesting. Some of us would have to burn a forrest to get enough wood ash to cover our lilies. Smiling Thanks heavens they aren't in Iowa, yet. Blinking
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Apr 1, 2011 6:18 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

Around here most people heat with wood, so it would be feasible.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
May 25, 2014 10:10 AM CST
I squished about a dozen yesterday. What type of products are recommended? I think I read somewhere to use baby powder and I dusted them. Found a few more beetles this morning. Not too much damage, so I may have caught them just in time.

Here's a website all about the Lily Beetle
http://lilybeetletracker.weebly.com/
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
May 14, 2015 7:30 PM CST
Saw this comment on a different forum site:

We have one of these http://www.lakeland.co.uk/20455/Spider-Catcher.
Seems to work well for lily beetles and I have a higher success rate at catching with it, so far.


While I have no doubt that it actually works, I could offer a few comments from the peanut gallery about the marketing...... Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 14, 2015 9:16 PM CST
interesting. ive heard of these beetles but they're not really a big problem here in the northwest. not from what ive seen. I did some reading on it and apparently they were accidentally brought here in 1947 in a shipment of foreign bulbs. hows that for some irony!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 15, 2015 3:12 AM CST
Jason, you are lucky and correct. The beetles started on the east coast and have moved inland . Rumor has it there is a wasp introduced that kills the larva but I haven't seen it. I use insecticides twice a year.

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