[permaculture] JAPANESE BEETLES
rollens at fidnet.com
Mon Jun 13 22:18:35 EDT 2005
I found that guineas love Japanese beetles and walked down the rows in the
garden eating them off the plants. That was in Ohio. I also put out traps,
but cut the bottom of the trap bag and attached a large plastic cup to the
bottom of the bag. When it was full, daily, I poured the beetles into
another cup in the refrig. The next morning I would take them out and feed
them to the chickens. I poured them in shallow water and the chickens very
quickly learned to come running when I did. The chill treatment and the
shallow water kept them from getting away before they were eaten. Not a
good way to get rid of them, but at least a way to take advantage of them as
a protein source!!! Hope it helps!
Here in the Ozarks I have MILLIONS of another green beetle, like Japanese,
but bigger. It the grub problem that is worst with them. Moles come with
the grubs. The grubs are so thick under mulched peach trees that it looks
like worm maure fertilizer. I also put down milky spore realizing it takes
a while to work. Anybody know what kind of beetle this is???
Thanks, Lisa, in the Ozarks, USA
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Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 3:35 PM
Subject: [permaculture] JAPANESE BEETLES
> WE WERE IN A DROUGHT HERE IN GEORGIA FOR 4 YEARS AND DID NOT HAVE A
> JAPANESE BEETLE. NOW THAT THE DROUGHT IS OVER, LAST YEAR THEY KILLED OUT
> STRAWBERRIES AND ROSES.
> IN THE FALL WE PUT DOWN 40 POUNDS OF MILKY SPORE.
> THE SEEM TO BE A LITTLE WEAKER BUT THEY ARE STILL A PAIN. I HAVE NEVER
> SO MANY.
> I PUT THE TRAPS FAR FROM THE GARDENS. WE ARE IN A RURAL AREA. ACTUALLY I
> THINK THE TRAPS ATTRACT MORE BEETLES THAN WHEN WE HAD NO TRAPS.
> I VACUUM THEM WHEN I GO OUT IN THE MORNING. ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER HINTS
> THESE DARN THINGS?
> THANKS, SHARON
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