Vegetables and Fruit forum: June bug grubs

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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Mar 3, 2012 2:07 PM CST
A friend of mine asked how to get rid of the june bug grubs from her veggie garden, and I have no idea. Is there a good way, besides hand picking them out? Sticking tongue out She said she doesn't want to use nematodes because she has a dog. Are the kinds of nematodes you would use for grubs harmful to dogs?
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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homeshow
Mar 28, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Nope those nematodes BT are not toxic to dogs. Unless they eat the whole bag. Smiling
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Mar 29, 2012 8:23 PM CST
"Nope those nematodes BT are not toxic to dogs. Unless they eat the whole bag."

Yep. Fear not. This particular type of nematode your friend would be using wouldn't use a dog as host. As for the mention of Bt, it doesn't harm any warm blooded animals, whether they eat a bag of it or not.

June bugs aren't usually extremely detrimental to plant life. I wonder if your friend is concerned about Japanese beetle grubs, Marylyn...they look similar. If so, milky spore is what is usually recommended but it'll take a year or two for it to really kick in. And if she is in an area where her neighbors have large expanses of grasses they would all have to use it for best affect.

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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: Texas Daylilies Lilies
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Marylyn
Mar 29, 2012 10:55 PM CST
The Japanese beetles haven't actually made it out here in great populations yet, but we have LOTS of June bugs (we call them April/May bugs, because that's when they start hatching and bumping into things in the night here.) Thanks for the advice, everyone! I'm passing it along to my friend and telling her to come check out ATP. Smiling
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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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!
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Horseshoe
Mar 30, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Glad to hear you don't have Jap Beetles.

I guess your June bugs are the kind that don't wanna be late to the party, eh?...showing up early like that!

Happy Gardening!
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Mar 30, 2012 10:22 AM CST
Grub removal system
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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: Texas Daylilies Lilies
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Marylyn
Mar 31, 2012 8:03 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I wish we could have those in Houston!

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