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Re: Iris borer photo

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Iris borer photo
  • From: Carol Canfield <Carolcc5@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 22:07:43 -0700 (PDT)

The grasshoppers are always huge and voracious where I
live, about 40 miles (as the crow flies) west of you,
Joanna.  I don't do much about them and late in the
summer I trim the irises just to get the ragged edges
off.  Too many of them, grasshoppers and irises) to
try to fight them.  I don't fight the fire ants much
either unless they get directly in an iris bed.  Then,
I put on a bit of 'el cheapo' brand ant killer and
they move away.  They keep ticks away, didja know? 
You are not likely to ever get borers in this area. 
I've been gardening in the Austin area for 12 years
now.  Never seen one.  

Carol, west of Austin, USDA zone 8b.  It rained all
around but not on Spicewood!
--- Joanna Varner <joanna.varner@tdi.state.tx.us>
> I found an URL which has  a set of photographs
> showing the moth, the larva and a photo of the "wet"
> appearance of an affected iris fans early on in an
> infestation.  Since I have not seen this "critter"
> before I was concerned with knowing what I was
> looking for when examining my plants.  To date I
> have not had a problem with borers, I get to deal
> with fire ants instead.  That could be why I don't
> have borers as the little devils attack and eat/tear
> apart anything that moves.  Anyway here's the
> website for anyone else out there who might be
> interested in a good visual on iris borers.
> We are having quite a problem with large
> grasshoppers this year and I kill every one I can
> capture.  They munch my fans and generally damage
> any plant they get on.  My roses have been
> devastated by the darn things, seemingly overnight. 
> Saturday leaves, Sunday chewed and nude.  Sigh. 
> Anyone else having grasshopper problems this year?
> Joanna Varner
> Round Rock, TX  zone 8/9 (depending on Mom Natures
> mood)
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