Wasn't this forum very active last year? Where is everyone? Maybe they're busy combatting drought, thrips, and borers like I am :-) Seriously, I have never had such problems with insects this year. Fellow at the hardware store yesterday told me they have had to re-order their wasp killing sprays several times this season (that's sad, thinking of all the bees that must be getting killed).
Still I have had some successes. A trumpet vine that has never bloomed in the 4 years I've been in this house, is magnificent this year.