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    narnian
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    Last year was the first year I have grown asters. I love them!

    This year I am having a terrible battle with black blister beetles…they eat all the petals off…and from what I have read, they secrete a poison that blisters your skin if you handle them. I have been picking them off 2 or 3 times a day with a huge pair of craft tweezers, then dropping them in soapy water…it kills them quickly, but I have killed dozens of them now! Anyone else fighting with these creatures this year?


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    Gayle
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    I’ve never had those.


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    SunshineNY6
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    No thanks!  Hope you can get rid of them.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I had never heard of them, so I just did a quick google search.  I suppose you have done that already.  I am surprised that horseradish spray will keep them away…here is some info in case you haven’t read it:

     http://www.ehow.com/how_4430986_control-blister-beetles.html

    So they must be the reason that your healthy aster died all of a sudden? If you need more aster seeds for next year, I know where you can get some….lol. Be careful when removing them….sounds like you tweezer method is a good idea. Charlene


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    narnian
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    Charlene…the blister beetles are only in the back yard…they haven’t touched the ones in the front…I check several times a day. No, it was ants that caused the plant to fall over, they had made the soil so sandy…and the roots were really short, maybe the ants were eating them? I don’t think they do that, but anyway…I think I am winning the battle here. ( the asters in the back yard are less than half the size of those in front….I guess I will get more compost for the back yard)


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