Insect Eating Monarda Didyma Leaves

Question From: B. Peterson - MARYLAND
Q: Hi Nancy, some kind of insect is eating my Monarda didyma "Jacob Kline" plant leaves. This caused stress to my plants preventing any them from blooming last year. No one seems to know what it could be. I have tried neem oil spray, soapy water, to no avail. Any clue?


You may have thrips. They're very small and most folks, especially those of use who wear bi's can't see em. Thrips also attack roses. An insecticide with spinosad, such as Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew works. Key is to use in early in the morning and at sundown so the bees and other good guys have gone to bed. Give this product a try. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.