My pest for 2019 - Japanese Beetle


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It seems every year brings a different garden problem. Last year it was drought. This year it is a plague of Japanese Beetles. They are everywhere. They have decimated my flower beds and a lot of my smaller trees. I try not to use harsh pesticides because we have bee hives in the area. Unfortunately I have had to break out the sevin dust to save my plants. I have never seen swarms of these bugs like we have this year. Is anyone else having a problem with them?
 
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I highly recommend the Bag-A-Bug beetle trap!


My dad used them, and they worked great! Also, you have chickens, don't you? According to this article, you won't need to buy new bags. Just dump out the "beetle treat" for the chickens, and reattach the bag! :ROFLMAO: (y)
 
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My traps will arrive today. Beetles started showing up 3 days ago. Corn, beans and lotus chewed up already. I'm sure the roses will be next. The traps attract the beetles so don't put them next to the plants you want to protect.
 
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Good!! (y)

I don't know if you read any of the comments from the link I posted, but this one might interest you!! :D


. David Miller 3 years ago

I am located in Columbia, MO.
I first learned about these traps today by a Lincoln University Extension instructor. Another instructor there builds his own trap using the lure from one of the bag devices, and a five gallon bucket filled with water to drown the beetles. It is what they do with the dead beetles that is so interesting: they pour the water with the dead beetles into their compost bin.
They did a chemical analysis of dead Japanese beetles and found that they contained 10% nitrogen. She showed me earthworm casts she had and mixed in were composted beetle parts, still slightly iridescent.


Okidokey- responding to David Miller2 years ago
Have you considered that the females may be loaded with eggs? I noticed that there were thousands of larva in some ziploc bags I had put trapped bugs in....
A person might want to mix in some milky spore with their compost.
 
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