|the bagworm is in the center of the photo in it's cocoon.|
I have a fight on my hands in the flower garden ~ bag worms. Those are the bugs that make a cocoon and work their way over the plant devouring everything in it's path. And what are they eating? My knockout rose bushes! Nothing is supposed to bother those! Over weekend I picked off hundreds which my boys promptly burned in a old coffee can with gasoline and a match. A special kind of 4th of July fire, I guess.
I had to trim back one rosebush to about half it's size. The poor thing was devoured. Now I have found them on the Russian Sage and the Wisteria too. I hope it doesn't move to the Sally Holmes Roses because they are just beautiful right now. I must stop them before they get there.
I have read on forums about treating with insecticide that only kills bagworms and not beneficial bugs and bees but this treatment takes a year. Seriously, I don't have a year. I won't have a garden by then. The weeks of 100 degree temps and chronic drought must have morphed these into munching monsters because they are multiplying and moving fast. If anyone knows how to get rid of them with anything short of nerve gas, please let me know. Otherwise, this battle is gonna get ugly.