All Things Gardening forum: Japanese Beetles again

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 20, 2016 11:21 AM CST
Well, yesterday I collected at least 40, 10 today, hope numbers are going down. But I tell you, I not only found them on my roses and grapevines, but since they pretty much munched all that I am actually finding them on my Marigolds which surprised me because I thought the smell would deter them from those. From what I read it is soon time they disappear for the season, maybe then I can actually have roses! And I just planted some tall Phlox and read 2 different views on the internet, one said the JB like them and another said not bothered by them, thankfully have never seen one on the Phlox. Next season we are getting Milky Spore and maybe some Neem to combat them. I hope since I drowned tons, and I mean tons that it makes less next year, less eggs were laid and I HATE these bugs.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 20, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Have not seen any for about 3-5 days, hoping they are gone...probably had 100+ total.

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Aug 20, 2016 5:47 PM CST
Yesterday counted 40, 25 today.....getting better!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 20, 2016 7:41 PM CST
Hurray!
(Zone 6a)
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UrbanWild
Aug 22, 2016 7:48 AM CST
freedombel said:Well, yesterday I collected at least 40, 10 today, hope numbers are going down. But I tell you, I not only found them on my roses and grapevines, but since they pretty much munched all that I am actually finding them on my Marigolds which surprised me because I thought the smell would deter them from those...


I saw them on my marigolds this year...squash bugs too. So much for deterrence!

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Aug 22, 2016 7:19 PM CST
UrbanWild said:

I saw them on my marigolds this year...squash bugs too. So much for deterrence!



I am thinking once their favorites are chomped up, like roses and grapevines they get a bit desperate this time of year near the end of their season.
BTW, 24 today....at least out of the 40`s!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 25, 2016 2:51 PM CST
Came home from work, first thing always before I even go in the house is a walk in the yard to check for Japanese Beetles in
all their usual hangouts. Today I looked for quite awhile, I found ZERO. Oh happy day, can they truly be gone for the season?! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Now maybe my roses can have buds without them inside and leaves that are not chewed to shreds. I really been working in the yard, my son is coming
mid September for a week and I am so excited, and throwing a birthday party for him, me and my brother with many quests who want to see my son,
so I thought the birthday party would be a fun way to do that. Smiling
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
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UrbanWild
Aug 25, 2016 7:47 PM CST
freedombel said:

I am thinking once their favorites are chomped up, like roses and grapevines they get a bit desperate this time of year near the end of their season.
BTW, 24 today....at least out of the 40`s!


I saw them on marigolds during peak population and maybe 8 ft from 6 large infested knockout roses and maybe another 10-12 feet from 3 more. The squash bugs were on marigolds next to the zucchini they were thick on and absolutely surrounded by lush marigolds ranging from 1 ft high to 5 ft high.
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UrbanWild
Aug 25, 2016 7:55 PM CST
freedombel said:
Now maybe my roses can have buds without them inside and leaves that are not chewed to shreds.


They ate your leaves? They were on my knockout rose blooms only... and either eating or mating...often both in the same bloom. Each bloom had anywhere from 1 to 8. I'd had enough and just started a twice daily crush-a-thon. Made a pretty good dent...HUNDREDS in any crushing event.

Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly scented plants.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Aug 28, 2016 12:41 PM CST
UrbanWild said:

They ate your leaves? They were on my knockout rose blooms only... and either eating or mating...often both in the same bloom. Each bloom had anywhere from 1 to 8. I'd had enough and just started a twice daily crush-a-thon. Made a pretty good dent...HUNDREDS in any crushing event.



Oh yes, they ate the leaves, shredded! Anyway the roses are healing, down to 2 Japanese Beetles a day!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 28, 2016 12:52 PM CST
You both need to get some milky spore. If they only would find something as good as milky spore for squash bugs and stink bugs I'd be all set.
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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Aug 28, 2016 2:01 PM CST
I guess I should knock on wood it is one thing that I do not have problems with. I have everything else with all the animals eating every plant I have.

When I had problems with them eating my roses at my old house I planted allium bulbs and that seemed to keep them away.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Aug 28, 2016 2:02 PM CST
I absolutely have plans to buy milky spore for next season, I know it takes awhile to work, but worth it for years to come.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 28, 2016 4:46 PM CST
It's very much worth it. I would just shop around online because it's a lot cheaper online than in the big box stores. If you live an area where everyone's house is close to each other you may want to urge neighbors to join in your efforts to control them. If the community jumps on broad you'll notice a huge difference. With that said their strong flying abilities enable adult beetles to infest areas several miles away from where they emerge from soil. Most typically however they fly short distances between feeding and egg-laying areas. Just treating your property with milky spore won’t insure you against beetles flying from the surrounding areas not treated but it does help a lot.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Aug 30, 2016 7:32 PM CST
The most drastic idea I saw posted online is to yank out what they like and plant what they don`t like....but I am not catering to those bugs. it is
my yard to enjoy. I should talk to my neighbors, all of them always out taking care of their yards and flowers, and I know most of the neighbors surrounding
my house, the house in back of me has a huge property and is vacant because she died a few months ago, going up for sale, another one next to me is
vacant and has been the 3 years I had lived here, those people died and the 3 kids are always taking care of the lawn. The houses across the street have
people living in them and I will discuss J.Beetles and what they experienced.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Permaculture Sempervivums Hybridizer Xeriscape Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Bee Lover Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Herbs Region: United States of America
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 30, 2016 9:04 PM CST
freedombel said:The most drastic idea I saw posted online is to yank out what they like and plant what they don`t like....but I am not catering to those bugs.

Amen!
I hope all goes well with the neighbors, and I'm sorry to hear about the other neighbors passing.
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reita28
Nov 28, 2016 10:31 PM CST
You need to put the milky spore out in the fall. It attacks the larva in the soil. We had them really bad last year. I ordered milky spore online and put it out last fall. We didn't have any Japanese Beetles this year. As long as there's Japanese Beetle grubs in the ground the milky spore will spread. My problem this year was caterpillars and stink bugs.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 30, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Well...I was told that squash bugs didn't attack green beans. Well... They do !!! They killed my beans. Dispite all my spraying. Then went to tomatillos. Eating the fruit. There were plenty of squash for em. Which they attacked. Last ? Go figure 😕.
Will milky spore work on squash bugs ? And how about cucumber beatles? Also how do you apply it ? This winter is being so mild.
Im afraid im gonna be in the mist of alot of them next year. Anybody have some advice for me ???
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