Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:32
Yes, I like murdering both lily beetles and vine weevils, but lily beetles are the best. My lilies are in pots, I've got about 8 big pots atm - there's no point putting them in the garden, they never appear again.
The beetles are not difficult to spot once you realise that they can burrow into the bud or leaf axils a bit. I put one hand underneath them in case they drop off - which they will do if they sense you coming - and they deliberately turn upside down so when they drop onto the soil you can't see them. I keep a count and see if I can beat it every day. I am not obsessed...........
I also squish the larvae, which is really gross. If you leave it for a week then you'll get damage. Since the first year, when my plants were stripped completely and covered in black goo (I thought they'd got a nasty disease), there's been no serious damage and lots of beautiful flowers. Which reminds me, I ought to be repotting them - and I will find some of the red blighters in the soil.
If I did grow them in the garden and had lots, I think I would def use the chemical.