Tackle those problems instead of killing insects that are just doing what they have always done for millions of years.

  • Hi Tony,

    It’s been a lot warmer than normal here in Michigan, and I spotted my first milkweed bug running around the garden on Easter Sunday. We don’t typically have Monarchs here until next fall but I still want to have them available. These pests can damage the milkweed so it’s less appealing (or unusable!) Leave them if you have enough milkweed to sustain them. I’ve tried everything & finally, I found something that works & wont harm my cats. Category: Pest and Disease Control How to Kill Milkweed: The Best Solutions to Try. Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) leaf disease? Early intervention is the key…. I often point out several times that unless there is a serious infestation, other milkweed insects are part of a healthy ecosystem.

  • Excellent information!!! Posted: June 15, 2017. Any ideas?

  • I found a line of metallic looking threadless string on the underside of a butterfly weed leaf. The other is very tiny. We’ve had worse damage from the the species that is specific to swamp milkweed. If it’s one big patch that’s been found by predators, it can be difficult…

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