[NAFEX] [Fwd: Ineffective Milky Spore?]
don.yellman at webformation.com
Thu Jun 14 11:40:14 EDT 2007
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Subject: Ineffective Milky Spore?
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:25:23 -0400
From: Don Yellman <don.yellman at webformation.com>
To: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
I don't have an explanation for why milky spore has not worked well for you. It certainly has for me, and for many years. Without it, I would be simply infested with the things. I would look for a cause other than beetles flying in from distance, since I am convinced they only go far enough to find vegetation and begin their mating dance.
As an experiment, I applied one 40 oz. can thinly spread over two acres on my son's place just north of Charlottesville, VA last July. The summer of '06 was particularly bad for JB's in that region, and his place was completely infested with many thousands of the things. In spite of the very low application rate, and the short interval for allowing the milky spore to become established, he has zero Japanese beetles so far this season. They may yet show up, but last year at this time they were already there.
On my own place, I have tasty vegetation everywhere, and have yet to see one this summer. Again, a few may show up later. I hate to see them all die out, since I don't want to starve my milky spore.
Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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