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Beating the Beetles

By LarryR
July 16, 2012

Beetlemania reigns at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens this month. The full force of the Japanese Beetle onslaught has hit our flower beds. Come on in, check out the damage, and see how I'm dealing with the invasion.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jul 15, 2012 6:08 PM CST
I need them. Badly. Can't find them up here.
Luckily they only bother Asian Lilies...we've lost every one of ours after battling these beetles for the last 4 years...we finally just gave up and threw what was left of the Lilies in the compost.

Maybe if I can find some traps I can think about maybe getting more lilies.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 15, 2012 6:27 PM CST
Good Grief Larry - what an absolutely detailed photo and text article and I don't think anyone will come close to eradicating beetles like you have. I'm stunned at how many are in your trap.

The only thing I've ever done is hold a bucket of soapy water and knock them into it but that gets old real fast. This year, I cut my roses almost to the ground and now they are back and blooming and doing fine. The beetles got on the crape myrtle a little but not much.

We didn't have as bad an infestation this year as we have in years past. You need to go live on tv in a commercial or something. Green Grin!

I'm so freaking impressed Thumbs up
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jul 15, 2012 9:12 PM CST
Those pictures of the beetles all over your flowers are horrifying. So glad those traps worked.
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jmorth
Jul 15, 2012 10:19 PM CST
Good report. So, you'd recommend utilization of traps and sprayer patrol? I usually do a couple hand-sprayer patrols a day. I need to break out a pressure tank as they are wreaking some havoc in our paw-paw trees where hand sprayer can't reach (I guess I could get a ladder).
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 12:41 AM CST
Lee Anne--Amazon to the rescue: http://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Japanese-Beetle-Attractant-JBTD...
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goldfinch4
Jul 16, 2012 3:25 AM CST
We just started getting them in our area last year but they're much worse this year. My Harry Lauder's Walking Stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta') seems to be their main focus here. I'm definitely trying the traps. Thanks for a great article.
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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Jul 16, 2012 4:20 AM CST
Milky spore powder is worth the investment. Lay it down now because it will help kill the larvae that develop in the winter. You only treat once and the treatment growsin your soil, living off Japanese beetle larvae. Try to educate your neighbors as well.
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rocklady
Jul 16, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Great article!!! Very comprehensive and lots of very useful information. I have printed it for future use should the occasion arise. Haven't had Japanese beetles here yet, but you never know when they will arrive.
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Vicki, thanks for the kind words. I tip my hat to you. If this drought ever breaks and we have rain on a fairly regular basis again, I'll follow suit and cut back all the perennials that were damaged by the bugs.
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Thanks, Anna. I'm glad, too! Smiling
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 10:11 AM CST
j, I strongly recommend traps as they serve several useful purposes. Obviously, catching beetles in the trap is one. A second advantage is that you'll be able to hit a lot of the beetles with your sprayer as they hover and cluster around the traps. Third, you can use the traps to lure the bugs out of the trees, so you don't have to spray them. Once I had the traps in place, the damage to our trees was minor. Unless you examine the leaves on the trees closely, you wouldn't be able to notice any damage at all.

BTW, the gloriosa lilies are up!
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 10:12 AM CST
Thanks, Chris. Good luck with the traps.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 10:15 AM CST
Thanks for your comments, Judy. I've tried the milky spore, but had no success with it. I'll give it another shot this fall.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 10:19 AM CST
Thanks for the kind comments, jean. Forewarned is forearmed! Smiling
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jul 16, 2012 2:31 PM CST
Good going, Larry! Great pics and information.

As for the stench of the dead beetles, if ya'll are as adventurous as I've been I used them for double-duty one year.

Japanese beetles were tearing my gardens up so I put out several traps. When I noticed on the directions to "empty the bag (dead beetles) regularly as the smell will repel other beetles from being drawn to the trap" I knew exactly what I was gonna do.

I had extra bags with the traps I bought so instead of emptying them I took the bag of beetles to my corn patch, tied it to an extra tomato stake and left it. I figured if the smell would repel other beetles I might as well give them a dose of themselves. I ended up with a few bags in that corn patch. It seemed to work but who really knows. I admit, when the wind blew in my direction I learned to automatically hold my breath until it shifted! Pee-yuuu.

Hope they are now leaving your plants alone, Larry.

Shoe
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Jul 16, 2012 3:32 PM CST
Thanks, Shoe. Great hat!

I read the same comment on one of the traps I looked at about the stench keeping other beetles away. My experience has been that it doesn't bother them in the least. The zip-lock bags are used over and over, so you can imagine what they smell like. Didn't faze the beetles a bit.

Your corn patch story reminded me of a plan I hatched one year to keep the raccoons out of th corn as the ears were ripening. I went out and got me some road-kill raccoons and tossed them into that patch. Kept the humans away as well!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jul 16, 2012 5:57 PM CST
"Thanks, Shoe. Great hat!"

Well, it's July. I figure an Uncle Sam hat would be par since we celebrate the 4th! :>)

Heheheh, I think I'll pass on the road kill gathering but I've been known to hang dead squirrels in the garden to scare the others off.

Shoe (who just sprayed deer repellent and it seems to be repelling humans away from me; think I better take a shower now instead of waiting till Saturday?) Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 16, 2012 6:02 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jean
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rocklady
Jul 17, 2012 8:08 AM CST
Shoe ---- So that's what I smelled way over here in AR! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2012 9:03 AM CST
Well if you can smell it from that far away you may be free of both deer AND Japanese beetles!
Smiling

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