Pittosporum Beetle-Lamprolina simillima

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Pittosporum Beetle-Lamprolina simillima

Postby sadiethegardenlady » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:42 pm


These red and black beetles and their larvae are munching away on my Pittosporum screen. Is there any way to get rid if them? I've tried hand picking but there are just too many. Thanks for any advice!

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Re: Pittosporum Beetle-Lamprolina simillima

Postby SusieN » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:26 am

Hi Sadie and other forum users,
I think I have the same bug demolishing my pittosporum hedge! Is it this one:
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane ... Beetle.htm
Have there been any answers as to how to kill them? I have been picking them off but there are loads and I can't find specific treatments for them when I search online. I would prefer something not too toxic and the only thing I've been able to have recommended to me so far is Confidor systemic insecticide which I thought sounded quite toxic when I googled it.
Any help would be fantastic. Thanks very much...
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Re: Pittosporum Beetle-Lamprolina simillima

Postby Pam » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:26 am

No Confidor doesn't work


It is best avoided anyway, because it kills bees and other pollen eating insects. Its active ingredient has recently been banned in some countries for this reason.
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Re: Pittosporum Beetle-Lamprolina simillima

Postby Sam » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:12 pm

Sucking them up in a vacuum cleaner works quite well. We had an old one, so I found it useful for this. I'd go with one with a bag so that you can dump it more easily.
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