Rose Slugs can crawl back on to the rose bush

jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.July 6, 2014

I did alittle experiment today... I placed 3 rose slugs approx. 10 inches away from a Mister Lincoln rose bush and all 3 rose slugs found their way back to the rose bush within 1 hour...

So they can and do crawl back on the bush. So all RS pickers out their probably be better to kill them after picking them off the bush or placed very far away from your roses...

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Yes, I have seen that. I would put on a nitrile glove and squish.

You might want to try a preying mantis egg case if they survive the winter in your climate. Since the mantis moved into my garden, my rose slug damage has dropped by about 95%.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 3:01PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Thank you Jim! I love experiments like that. Rose slugs were so bad one year that I resorted to systemic. Within the week they were tiny black skeletons.

I'd love to have praying mantis. I wonder if they'd eat the caterpillars off the delphiniums? They're relentless.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 8:04PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

hoovb, years ago we had praying mantis but I haven't seen any for awhile.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:42AM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

Squishing is simple, satisfying, and final. :-)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 12:17PM
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poorbutroserich(Nashville 7a)

I ordered praying mantis pods this spring when I ordered aphids. Let me tell you, there is not much more interesting than watching 800 teeny tiny itty bitty praying mantis come out of a pod.
Then you just shake them around the garden!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 8:42PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Cool poorbutroserich on the praying mantis!
You ordered aphids?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:20PM
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