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Old 06-11-2010, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So apparently it's 'that time of year' again....those stinking Japanese beetles are back to ravage my plants again. They're making quick work of my Ice Cream right now...not all that happy about it.

Does anyone know a way to get rid of these things? Is there something I can put on there that kills them when they eat it? Or something that keeps them away?
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I use sulfur dust for the short term, on several banana's, and especially on my grapes. :^)
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I ust 7-9 or 7-dust.

I have them on the tip of my Ice cream leaf, so instead of putting chemicals onto the leaf, I fed those japanese beetles to my guinea fowl. They LOVE EM' .
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Okay, so an update. Basing my actions on the pheromone issue (as seen in Sunfish's posted article), I went out and got rid of a few of them by hand. I sprayed them with rubbing alcohol and then squished them when they fell to the ground. I saw a few more flying around, but none of them landed and continued eating the leaf they were on....so let's hope we're good. I'll have to keep an eye out, but from the sounds of it, if I keep the random few away, the rest won't come around to ravish things badly.

They already did a slight amount of damage, but nothing significant. Just bothers me to see them living the 'high life' vacationing in the tropics and promiscuously fornicating on my plants!!!
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Here is what I use with great success on J. beetles as well as scale and many other problems... Price looks high, but if you check out how much your dilute in water, this can will last years! It was recommended to me by a hardy palm nursery owner who has been in business for over 35 years and swears by it and so do I...

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I have been seeing these little ones as well. In great numbers but only in certain areas of the garden. They like my rose bush a lot and my DC

I have not noticed any problems with them and they only seem to be messing around old/roughed up leaves. So for now I will leave them be.
They have been mating like crazy so...
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Yeah, they really were only bothering my IC....and they only really liked the newest leaf I wouldn't have cared so much if they were eating an old/tattered leaf at the bottom.

I will say, though....I'm glad I took the effort to kill the ones that were on there. I haven't seen any on there since. Maybe their scattered crushed corpses ward off future swarms LOL
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Last summer they demolished my hardy hibiscus plants. Although I did get a rebloom, the plants looked terrible. I may try orthene if they come back this year.
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I just ordered some of that Orthene seeing as I have tons of Beetles in the fall around here. The local cranberry bogs use them on their crops. Didn't say how often to spray the plants though. How often do you do it,, and is it done more if the summer is extremely wet like it is for us up in the north?
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Honestly, I had never seen one in my life until about 3 years ago. I was living in Iowa at the time and they showed up that summer in large numbers. The funny thing was that they only really ate basswood (linden) trees...nothing else. They would eat on basswoods till there were NO LEAVES AT ALL left....only the spiderweb of veins in the leaves were left on the tree from the ground to the top. It was crazy.
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Honestly, I had never seen one in my life until about 3 years ago. I was living in Iowa at the time and they showed up that summer in large numbers. The funny thing was that they only really ate basswood (linden) trees...nothing else. They would eat on basswoods till there were NO LEAVES AT ALL left....only the spiderweb of veins in the leaves were left on the tree from the ground to the top. It was crazy.
I recall having them once where we used to live as a child. I guess they didn't spread.
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For me they destroy about 1-2 rounds of blooms on my rose bush and then seem to disappear. This year they attacked the blooms on one of my cannas and some of the leaves... they leave the plain green ones alone, but like the fancy ones like Tropicanna, and Stuttgart.
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7 dust works really well. It makes your plants look temporarily ugly though. All you have to do is really keep them off for about a month and then you're through the worst of it.
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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.
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I use bowls of soapy water & tip them into the bow
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