Luna Hibiscus - little black bugs?

christy2828(8a)August 7, 2013

Last year grasshoppers annihilated my Luna, and this year I treated it with Bayer Rose 2 in 1 systemic. No japanese beetles, no grasshoppers and I had flowers. Now I've got buds that aren't maturing, they're just dying before they even start to swell. I found some black bugs on it today, one was bigger and dead and the others were in a few of the buds, with about 8 or so in each bud. Any ideas as to what it is? Thanks so much!!!! Christy

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You can spray them off with the hose when you see them, they leave some brown residue, I can see some on one of the leaves in the pics.
Home centers sell natural sprays you can drench your plant at night with it.
They are the favorite food of the ladybug. Some people actually buy ladybugs for their garden, but I have found
that spraying a spray called Organicide at Home Depot works really well, on almost any pest, and it is non toxic and natural, so really that is all you will ever need with almost all of your plants. It's concentrated, so it goes a long way. I've used it for years, but do it at night, and drench the entire plant with it.
You can use it around kids and pets, totally safe.
Your hibiscus will be beautiful, I love them, I know how you feel. Mine is blooming now, with those gorgeous big flowers.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:32PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

looks like a small or juvenile shield bug.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 11:35AM
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