Lily Beetles

Posted by @pixie62560 on
I have tried everything organically (or so I thought) to get rid of the dreaded Red Lily Beetle. I have used chemicals in the past that have worked fine but left me with a guilty conscience. What am I harming?

I knew the bees would be harmed, hummers, beneficial insects, and the list goes on. This year I didn't spray anything, and I waited for the red devils to appear as soon as the lily poked through the soil. The lilies are now up approx. 3-5" and I have not seen one lily beetle!! What have I done differently THIS year vs. any other year???

As I am inspecting the new growth and pondering this question, I see Trixie, one of my hens, snatch a spider off a plant. Light bulb goes on: I NOW have free range chickens and they have cleaned my garden of the red devils!!!! Why did I not think of this before?? Smiling


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Comments and discussion:
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Red lily beetles in wisc by SuzieGleason Apr 11, 2017 8:38 PM 1
Untitled by beckygardener Jul 26, 2014 9:25 PM 21
Wish I could have one of those. by NJBob Jul 18, 2014 12:29 PM 4
Thank you! by pixie62560 Jul 18, 2014 10:48 AM 0

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