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Old 07-12-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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Japanese Beetle Problem

Just after my neighbor complemented me on my big pot of basil on the porch yesterday, I noticed that it's suddenly been attacked by Japanese Beatles. In fact, several plants around our back yard are now showing damage by them!

Can anyone give me some advice on how to get rid of the beatles/prevent the plant damage by using something other than that Bag-A-Bug contraption? I hate the thought of loosing all of my plants this early in the year!!!

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Old 07-12-2005, 08:29 AM   #2
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PA, my grandma & parents alwayse used 7-Dust on their gardens for Japanese beatles. Other than that, I don't know what else to do for them. I'm sorry you're having such a problem with them, I know they can be a pain!
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:36 AM   #3
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between those beetles and june bugs i could just scream sometimes, pa. i'm from near pgh. and they (the pseudo-ladybugs) are rampant around here come late summer. the only solutions we've found are to vacuum them up w/ the shop-vac and to keep a flyswatter or a rolled-up newpaper around at all times. i don't think there's much else you can do.
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Thanks, luvs and crewsk! Luvs, my aunt lives out your way and she's to the point where she just pickes them off her plants and squishes them between her fingers! I'm off to the garden supply store now to see if they have anything we can put down that won't make the herbs and veggies unsafe to eat.
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:55 AM   #5
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We use Japanese beetle traps in the garden. It has a stand you stick into the ground and attach a plastic bag with bait at the top. The beetles are attracted to the bait, eat it, and die. They drop into the bag. At the end of the season, you toss the bag full of beetles and save the stand for next year.
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Old 07-12-2005, 10:16 AM   #6
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While we're on the subject....
My peppermint and spearmint got holes almost overnight. I'm thinking it's the cabbage moths we have. I can't find any evidence underneath the leaves of any larvae, but can't imagine what else has been eating at my patio buffet!
Any suggestions on that one?

(Good luck with those beatles, PA!)
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:21 AM   #7
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Well, I had no luck at my local garden store. They were out of everything but the most toxic stuff (which I refuse to use, especially right now!) and there was no one around to ask for help ! So please keep those ideas coming!
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While we're on the subject....
My peppermint and spearmint got holes almost overnight...
...and that's what you get for eating my basil! (and I get minty fresh breath)
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Try this link, PA - there's lots of suggestions

http://www.gardensalive.com/article_...cd2=1121195126

This one was quite interesting:
Make beetle-repelling “bug juice” with your catch! Whiz a handful of the sucked-up beasts in an old garage-sale blender with a pint of water (this alone should make you feel much better!), strain the resulting slurry and spray it on your plants. Old time farmers swear that pests won’t go near plants that have been sprayed with the remains of their relatives.
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...and that's what you get for eating my basil! (and I get minty fresh breath)
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