Echinacea pests

Asked April 24, 2017, 11:44 AM EDT

Once my Echenacia produce buds they are attacked by small brownish beetles that distort the buds and cripple petal production. I tried researching what the insects were with no clear results. They are not Japanese Beetles. What can I do to prevent this infestation? My Echenacia are coming up with green leaves and looking good. Is there a preventative or systemic treatment for these bugs? Last year I used insecticidal soap to remove and try to eliminate them. Any help would be appreciated.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Japanese beetles and eriophyid mites are two known insect pests of echinacea. We would need to see a photo of the insect in question in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Can you send us photos of the problem, please?