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Old 06-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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They used to be quite the plague in Maryland (especially in the early 80's).
I farmed back then, we used the traps with hormone scent around the plants they really tormented (blackberries in particular). Sevin is good for large numbers that are actively eating, it is not particularly toxic to people and pets and biodegrades quickly. For more long term control we used Malathion, but be careful with it as it can be nasty. I saw Orthene mentioned in other posts, it is a useful systemic, lasts a while, but is also highly toxic, be careful and follow instructions to the letter. A long term solution is DOOM, a fungus that attacks the grubs while they're in the lawn. Once applied the stuff lasts forever and eventually will wipe them out locally.
I agree about the Doom, but unfortunately if you don't get your neighbors to us it also, it is of little use. At least that is the way it is for us more urban gardeners...
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DOOM, a fungus? Where do you get this?? I am willing to try anything "safe"
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I sure could use some guineas right now, Blake! I miss mine...had all sorts of varieties, the lavender, buff and coral blue were my faves...very pretty.

Doom? I used to play that game when I was a kid! BFG FTW!! Now that's the ULTIMATE pest control!

(wouldn't recommend watching this video if you're squeamish.
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DOOM, a fungus? Where do you get this?? I am willing to try anything "safe"
I laid down my neighbor's version of doom.. lol my new raja puri leaf looks like swiss cheese, and that isn't good. So its on... :^)
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I had not heard of DOOM, always knew it as Milky Spore...

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