Hi Maria, we’re really not too far apart…I’m in Providence. You’re exactly right, the larvae are disgusting and voracious. I’ve lost any squeamishness about dispatching the nasty little critters as soon as I find a cluster. This year’s lilies were about two/thirds as high as previous years. I don’t think they’re attacking the bulb directly and the buds on my plants are okay. It might be that they just plain need dividing, but I suspect the bulbs weren’t nourished enough last year with the loss of foliage.
I’ve considered taking them out altogether. But they really might not make it back into the ground if I dig them up to divide. Please post a reply once you’ve given the neem oil a try. I think increasingly more gardeners will find it useful as this little scourge moves west.
Trying to see the bright side of things, I’m actually quite grateful that they haven’t attacked anything else in the garden! Best of luck!