Bug Eating My Rose of Sharon

There is a black bug with tiny red spots eating the devil out of my Rose of Sharon seed pods, still on the bush! Any idea what these things are and what to do about them?
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Rachel

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October 27, 20040 found this helpful
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Try making a spray from dishwashing liquid and water, and spray on there. If that doesn't help, try vegetable oil (canola oil, etc.) and cayenne pepper.

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October 29, 20040 found this helpful
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Hi Rachel,

There aren't many bugs that like the rose of sharon other than the Japanese beetle and the scentless plant bug. Take a look here and click on 'Niesthrea louisianica' in the first paragraph for a picture.

http://ipm.ncsu.edu/current_ipm/03PestNews/03News22/ornament.html

If this is your pest, you really needn't do anything as they aren't considered that much of a pest and they will be food for some other predator. You could always pick them off and drop them into a bucket of soapy water.

With no disrespect to the guest poster that recommended Immunox, I wouldn't use anything like that. You can click on the chemicals in it at the bottom of this page for what is in it. You can also use this site to search the other products listed at the other site I referred you to.

http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.go ... ld/brands?tbl=brands&id=19020022

Take a look here for environmentally and human friendly products you can use.

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_org_research.php?id=5

Newt

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October 29, 20040 found this helpful

Hi, Sounds like you have aphids on your Rose of Sharon, a good product to use is Immunox. Read the label and follow as directed. I have lots of Rose of Sharons and the have a tendency to get aphids alot.

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