On Dec 29, 2009, Jimsned2 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Nothing seems to kill this thing, it's devoured my orange tree, destroyed my guava tree, and ate bare my ficus hedge, now I've found my star fruit tree being attacked, Bayers tree and shrub control works well for the Ficus, but can't be used on fruit trees!
On May 7, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
These things are PURE EVIL! I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them! No matter what I do, there they are! I even got Bayer all-in-one rose care that is supposed to kill once they take a bite... RIIIIGHT! My Double Delight Hybrid Tea looks like a shaved poodle!!
They chomp on pretty much everything in my garden, roses, basil, bell peppers... but, they seem to leave my tomatoes alone. Go figure. I read in the Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide that they are "flightless". I call BALONEY on that one! I have SEEN them fly!
I have been reduced to picking them off by hand an squishing them. You can usually see me out at night with a flashlight; picking them off, checking under leaves, shaking my plants till they fall off... this is ridiculous!! And no matter how many thousands I have squished there are MORE every day! They are a real problem... I wish there was a sure way to get rid of them. They aren't even supposed to BE here! **slams head on desk**