What Pests are you battling?

whatcheer(z4 Ia)July 7, 2005

I havenÂt seen such a year! I started out with rabbits, now insects. So far IÂve had to dig my irises because of the dreaded iris borer. ( IÂm going to use more sanitation methods this fall!) My annuals have been hit by a beetle. They go into the stems and cause havoc.

My poor poor Lupines. That stupid earwig made its way into the stems. I cut them all back. I sprayed the area, and so far I have healthy new growth. It wonÂt be long before the farm fields around me will be sprayed. ThatÂs a whole new problem. Last year I was bomb barded by all sorts of pests with in hours of aerial spraying. All I can do is take a deep breath and go to work cleaning out the infected areas. I burned all my cutting.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
uicricket(z5 IA)

1. Laziness and lack of imagination

2. (Calamity) Jane - new dog - digger of big holes and stealer/hider of garden tools, plastic pots, gloves, garden stakes, remover of wallpaper ... Gotta lover her!

3. Thistles! - they're everywhere this year! Worse than the dandelions.

4. Grasshoppers - looks like it's going to be a very bad year for them

OK, enough whining from me.


    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 10:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
whatcheer(z4 Ia)

Oh I forgot about those grasshoppers. I have them also. And I have to agree about the thistles. Where did they come from?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 8:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Maude_IA(z5-SE Iowa)


Does anyone have a good recipe for trapping them? The soy sauce + oil isn't really working, the cat food + dish soap isn't even attracting cats. The bugs are everywhere, and I'm tired of having them fall on me when I open the back door. Then they play all innocent and scurry around looking for a place to hide. Aack-y things.

And yes, there are thistles in new places, and I lost a third of my tomato plants to wilt, too.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 10:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a bug that has ruined most of
my phlox. It is called phlox bug. I
am not diligent enough when it comes to dusting & spraying.My poor roses!
I haven't seen any earwigs,but hub said 1 was in the kitchen.Then we have a bug that is only attracted by the blooms of the Linden tree.It's pesty.Doesn't bite or eat anything,
likes to crawl into neck of T shirt.
I hope we don't get grasshoppers. They are bad in drought. One year I
would catch them in a jar & dispose of them. They liked my big Zinnias &
just about everything else.I have never seen the striped cucumber bugs so bad.We aren't going to have any cukes.They eat a lot of my flowers too.I even have aphids on my water lilies!! Doris

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 2:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

For the beetle I have notseen any here but been puttingsuet back out TO attract startling.And hear I cuss then when they take over the feeders, But only know bird to Japanese beetle. Got many toads and snakes to eat other bugs.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 10:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marilou(z4 IA)

Rabbits + Rabbits = Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits...

And... chipmunks!! Even the mosquitoes aren't as bad as the rabbits and chipmunks.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 9:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ginni77(z 5)

Japanese beetles!


    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 12:09AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Determining pricing for farmers markets?
I am considering getting a booth at our local farmers...
Looking 4 Dutch White Clover Seed
I'm planning to add some clover back into the sunny...
Creek clean up
Getting ready to write editor at Cedar rapids Gazette...
About Dipstick!
Hi All, Does anyone know if this comes with the watering...
Too early to plant?
I live in central Iowa. Is it too early to plant radishes,...
Sponsored Products
Bey-Berk International 8H in. Lady Justice on Marble - B104
$118.99 | Hayneedle
'Teachers Live Forever' Personalized Canvas
$18.99 | zulily
Ciro 773807 Bath Bar by Besa Lighting
$220.50 | Lumens
Brixton Wall Clock - Chrome - Newgate Clocks
$125.00 | HORNE
Sea Gull Lighting Chandeliers Metropolis 5-Light Brushed Nickel Single Tier
Home Depot
Arco Baleno Satin Nickel One-Light Sconce with Canary Glass
$94.00 | Bellacor
American Rug Craftsmen Shaggy Vibes Newark Brown Runner Rug
$137.99 | LuxeDecor
Kobe CHX9136SQB-1 36W in. CHX191 Series Under Cabinet Range Hood - CHX9136SQB-1
$666.17 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™