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Lilies in the garden are beautiful to look at. There are the best kinds and varieties, they all have something special. Lily lovers can draw on the abundance of offers from the full and look forward to the flower splendor. Lilies are actually pretty sturdy. There are few diseases and pests that can do harm. The lily chicken, however, can spoil one's splendor.
The six to eight-millimeter-sized bright red beetles with black head and black legs eat with preference lilies, hybrid species even better than pure species. They also make chives, garlic and onions. The larvae also eat on the plants and they are really voracious. Besides, they are clever. They carry their feces on their backs and thus deter natural predators like birds.
Lily chickens can eat plants completely. They like flowers, leaves and seed pods. Only the underground parts are spared. Especially during the shoot-out time the insects cause great damage. Even if the lily survives, its beauty is eroded. The plants do not develop so magnificently. Often they give a really sad picture.
Fight lily chicken
- The safest method is to collect the beetles, larvae and eggs. This must be started in the middle of April. You simply collect them by hand. Whoever disgusts should wear gloves. The important thing is to be fast. When the beetles notice the disturbance, they use a trick. They fall, just hit the ground. There they lie with their dark underside up and are so hard to make out. For this reason, it makes sense to hold a vessel under the infested plant, which catches the beetles. In case of mass infestation it is also possible to lay a fleece underneath and between the plants and intentionally cause the beetles to drop. They can be collected well on a light fleece. The best time to collect is in the morning, as the beetles are not so mobile.
- There is a simple remedy against the larvae. They can be flushed with a jet of water from the plants. Since they are quite immobile, they can not make it up again.
- As a home remedy, a mixture of 1 teaspoon of soap and 200 ml of spirit, mixed with one liter of water has been proven. So the plants have to be sprayed, from above, but also below the leaves. The larvae do not survive this cure, the beetles are expelled.
- Also helpful is a greasy ethanol mixture.
- Onions, garlic and chives are protected with cultural protection nets, mainly during the bugs flying time, from April to June.
- Dusting with algae lime and rock flour helps and is still good for the soil. It is important that this "dust" also gets under the leaves. That's a bit difficult. Can help a nylon stocking, in which the flour or lime is filled. This is then carefully beaten against the underside of the leaf, in the hope that enough sticks. The treatment must be repeated several times, especially after rainstorms, when the plants have dried up again. Too much rock flour can interfere with the plants breathing, so you should not exaggerate the treatment.
- Distributing coffee grounds around the plants does not really like lilies.
- Sprinkle with nettle broth, the beetle does not like and additionally strengthens the plants. Add 250 g dried or 1000 g fresh nettles with 10 liters of cold water. Cover the container and leave for 24 hours or longer. You can add rock flour to the stench. Then spray the plants undiluted with the broth. Do not treat in the sun, but not in the rain.
- A broth of tansy has a similar effect. For this purpose, 100 g of dried flowers are boiled with 3 liters of water. When the broth has cooled, it is strained. Then the plants are sprayed, from above and below. In the case of plant broths, the treatments must be repeated regularly.
- Spray with neem or no oil - spray the entire plant. The remedy hardly helps against the beetles, but with the larvae it disturbs the hormonal balance and they can no longer pupate.