Insect Control For Daylilies

Insect Control For Daylilies

Give ‘Em a Spray – Insect Control For Daylilies

Insect Control For Daylilies :
fatigue, frustration, and negative effect of too much by-products of too many hours of work not being completed seem to be the most common in the plant industry and among plant consumers; Unfortunately, insects are part of this equation as well. Fear not, insect control is easy and inexpensive. What you need is to know which insects are a threat to your daylilies and then learn how to control them.

Some insects that cause problems for daylilies are…

Viroside Scales

Viroside scales are the larvae of what is called ” Jokera enemy”. This is a type of scale that feeds off the sap of the daylily and in some cases entirely inside the plant itself. These small or minute pests are normally not significant to daylilies but, if infested, they slowly do everything that they’re charged to do which includes feeding on developing leaves, blossoms and roots.

There are several methods of eradicating scale:

There are many chemicals that can be used to treat these pests, but again, for safety, you really should do research and find out all you can about each substance before using it.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are another frequent problem for daylilies among both new and experienced gardeners. Almost every day I’m in a room or tucked into a corner of the garden and there is a spider mite outbreak.

The good news…they’re not too hard to get rid of.

The worse news is that once you’re infected, there’s no hope. Your plants are saying, ” Sorry, we can’t be bothered to do anything”, and then they die.

The way to treat spider mites is with “Start- ups” using either commercial or organic insecticidal products. These can be found herehttp://www. propelasp.combeginnersearth.com/horticulture-dept.htm

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The lowest concentration you can reach is 16-8-8, which is alcohol, used to dust arid lawns to combat brown patches.

At this concentration, mites are weakened and not killed.

Opperhead Beetles

If you have Buffalo or Cockleshell Daylilies or some other broadleaf vegetables, you’ve probably had the ” dreaded ” Beetle on your plants.

The adult Beetles are a black to light brown in color and have a copper colored head, wearing a pair of binoculars! The trouble is, the adult Beetles have a bite and the slightest touch of a human hair or item of clothing will send them packing!

The adult Beetles will usually decimate a crop in a night or two, leaving you devastated replaced by the destructive activity of your “piring” ( Beetles!!).

The adult Beetles thrive in temperate zones, be it a hot summer day or a nice lazy weekend, and they’re basically off the hinges until the weather gets cooler.

Disease control.

The above mentioned pests are pretty resilient, but there are sprays and dusts exist that will control the Beetles. Don’t use anything chemical, manually picking Beetles off by hand is the best.

Rotate your crops and legumes (Peas, etc.) with non- Beetles.

An alternate form of protecting your plants from Beetles is the “companion planting” concept. In this method you grow or tolerate plants that attract beneficial insects. An example would be to grow tomatoes and potatoes (Safe stars) next to your carrots ( Nebnera types).

Another concept is to grow plants that provide a natural defense against Insect pests. It is this concept that I will discuss more about in Part II.

Good Luck and happy Gardening!