Bug Eating My Rose of Sharon?

October 27, 2004

Bugs and beetles on Rose of Sharon bloomThere 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?




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.

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.

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


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By Renee (Guest Post)
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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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

I tried the dawn dishwashing liquid and water and it didn't do anything. I ended up cutting all the branches off. What is the ratio for vegetable oil and cayenne pepper please?

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

I flick the pests(mostly June bugs) into a bucket of soapy water. Used bug traps in the past and they just bring the bugs to your yard. Easy to do while they are having bug orgies.

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

Vinegar and dish soap kills them on contact

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