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    Marge_in_Michigan
    Marge_in_Michigan
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    Does anyone here know what would cause my hibiscus plant to do this…and how do I treat the infestation?

    Thank you for any help or suggestions.


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    MDgreenery
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    Good morning Marge,

    Not sure if Japanese Beetles are still active but they seem to make quick work of lush greenery. My husband bought a JB lure/trap kit early this Spring. We never did set it up outside; it may of had something to do with the scent/smell of the lure?

    The closed bag & unopened product sat by the door until the smell hit/reached me, it was a bit nauseating & gave me a headache. Then I panicked when I read that the kit might actually lure JB  into the garden, so I set the kit in the shed. But in retrospect, I should have set it up outside & given it a test drive.

    Hope your hibiscus has a chance to rejuvenate before cold weather sets-in.


    #5280473 Report Abuse
    Marge_in_Michigan
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    Thank you for answering my post, MDgreenery.  I asked my hubby to cut both of my hibiscus plants down today so he did. They were just riddled as you can see by my picture (the buds too).  We had THREE Japanese beetle traps throughout our landscaping.  They did have a lot of beetles in them but I never saw any on the hibiscus.  I’ve had the plants for several years (they’re perennials) but this is the first time this has happened.

    Here’s a picture of my hibiscus a few weeks ago.

    Have a good day.

     

     


    #5281133 Report Abuse

    Marge,

    I’m in Grand Rapids area, and this is what i found eating my Lord Baltimore. I’m sure it is your issue too.

    http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/greg-dodge/2012/07/16/whats-eating-the-hibiscus/

    Hope this is helpful, larvae from a type of Sawfly.

    Ron

    http://www.gardening-for-wildlife.com


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    Marge_in_Michigan
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    Thank you so much for the reply, Ron!  Hubby & I are 65-miles north of you in the country outside of White Cloud but our middle son lives in Ada.

    Can you tell me how I treat sawflies?  Does the larvae spread to other plants?  Does it overwinter in the soil?  Do I cut the branches and burn them?  In the past hubby & I have waited to cut them after frost killed them.


    #5281434 Report Abuse

    http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2005/sawflies.htm

     

    http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2005/sawflies.htm

     

    I’m not a big fan of pesticides, but sometimes you need to.

     

    These websites might help you. It is easier than for me to explain.  Hope this helps. Say, you are getting some rain lately. more than we are getting.

     

    Ron

    http://www.gardening-for-wildlife.com


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    Marge_in_Michigan
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    No rain here, Ron…it skirts all around us!  Bummer!

    Thanks for the links.  You’ve been very helpful and I appreciate it.

     


    #5282100 Report Abuse

    :-)


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    Roboutside
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    I wondered what was doing that to mine, but I hadn’t ask anyone yet.

    Any idea what this next bug is?



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