It never fails, every year as your lilies begin to sprout out of the ground those beetles are already feasting on your precious lilies. It is a problem all too common that every gardener woes. Below I will offer some tips on how to get rid of the dreaded red lily beetle and keep it out of your garden.
The red lily beetle – also known as lilioceris lilii, scarlet lily beetle and lily leaf beetle  are hungry insects that can devour an entire lily plant in just a short time and wreak havoc in your garden.
Recognizing a Red Lily Beetle
- The adults are a bright red beetle, 6-8 mm long with a rectangular body shape.
- Black head, legs and underside
(See picture to the right)
- These beetles can easily be confused with lady bugs as they look similar the only difference is lady bugs have spots on their backs.
- Appears to have yellow to orange soft bodies with black heads.
- Small larvae hide on the underside of leaves.
Tips on how to get rid of the Red Lily Beetle
That is a great natural alternative to get rid of most hard-shelled unwanted critters such as beetles, ants, and more. Sprinkle it at the base of the plants and as the bugs trek through the powder they will die within 24 hrs as the powder suffocates them.
You can get diatomaceous earth at a whole foods store, ensure you are buying the food grade type to keep animals safe.
Pick them off
If you aren’t squeamish about bugs, you can pick them up and put them in a tall pail. You can spray them with soapy water or water mixed with olive oil to kill them.
Spray with Neem oil
Neem oil is a great way to kill the larvae and the bugs, be sure to spray the underside of the leaves. Spray again within 5 – 7 days to ensure there are no new eggs that hatched.
You can find neem oil and diatomaceous earth at various department stores and health food stores. Specifically, Earths General Store may carry both, call to confirm.
Check for infestation
To stay diligent and to make sure your garden is free from these pests all gardens should be vigilant and inspect planted lilies and any bulbs in the soil every year and check often.
So there you have it, a natural alternative to help get rid of red lily beetles. It is important to use natural alternatives so you can protect your plants and of course the bees. Bees are a big fan of lilies and we want to ensure we are not using any harmful chemicals on our plants that would harm them.
Sherwood Nurseries treats all their plants with environmentally friendly pesticides to ensure there is no harm to the bees or the environment. Contact for details.