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JAPANESE BEETLES
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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 1, 2011 - 8:33 am

Hey Brenda, We have not had any Japanese Beetles, ***YET***.  We seem to get them around the second week in July. My beetles seem to REALLY LIKE yellow, the potentellias are their food of choice.  But then they swith over to my hybiscus.YellCry

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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July 1, 2011 - 8:58 am

I found a bunch yesterday evening on a huge clump of yellow siberian iris's I have and a few in my veggie garden...and I mean a bunchCry.

I'm watching the underside of my squash plants for signs of squash bettles too..so far I haven't found any. Last year I lost all of my zucc's to them.

I wonder if Martin birds like to eat japenese bettles?? I have been wanting to place some martin houses in our yard for years now. I doubt it though, I might have to **gasp** get something to spray them withFrown

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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July 1, 2011 - 9:20 am

Brenda, as much as I hate spraying (and I do NOT spray my veggies) I toss in the towel when it comes to the Japs.  I use Tempo ~ a concentrate that I get at the farm co-op.  It would be ok to try to pick them off if I had a dozen or so plants, but I have hundreds.  They love my crape myrtles and there I DRAW THE LINE!  Out come the big guns.  They like any roses that I have too, but that would be par for the course ~ every pest likes rosesLaugh

 

They say that the birds should soon discover that the JB's are edible and tasty.  Well come ON you dumb birds!!!

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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July 1, 2011 - 9:43 am

I don't spray anything in my gardens either...although I have never seen the JB as bad as they are right now....hmm maybe we need to crack some open and leave on the ground where the birds peck, they might get to understand there is a lot of meat to these little pests lol..and leave my earthworms alone Laugh

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 3, 2011 - 8:06 pm

GUESS WHAT? The JB's have arrived. Now I am on JB patrol EARLY every morning. Bucket and soap is the method of choice. Squishing between my thumb and first finger is second choice of death. Yell

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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July 25, 2011 - 5:57 pm

It has been 3 weeks since I saw the first Japanese Beetles and I thought I got the first ones that arrived...the scouts. Well today they arrived in SWARMS. They love my Castor Beans. I used a spray by  Bayer that is suppose to kill them and keep them from eating the leaves. NOTTTTTTT! They were making lace leaves out of my plants. And they LOVEEEEEEEE the hybiscus, especially the buds.Yell

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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July 26, 2011 - 4:45 am

Now see?  This is where I am SO done with these things!  A few are managable, but when the swarms come, it's Tempo for me.  While I love to listen to the "pick-em-and-drown-em" method, there is NO WAY I could do that here.  As much as I hate to spray, I have hundreds of plants that are affected and I just have no choice.  I try to spray beetles only as I do not want to lose my bees.  On the up side, once 2-3 weeks have elapsed, these rotten creatures are on the wane.  I've only seen a few recently, and I can live with that.

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Lark
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July 26, 2011 - 6:27 am

What chemical do you find effective? Brand?

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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July 26, 2011 - 7:18 am

I use Tempo, manufactured by Bayer.  It's available at my farm co-op store but you can get it online too.  It IS pricey, but it's a concentrate so you mix just a little bit with water.  One bottle will probably last me a lifetime, because I don't use much ~ I make it as weak as I can.  I wouldn't take a chance spraying it on or around edibles, obviously.  This stuff is a last ditch effort, but it works!

 

I only found out about it by just walking into the farm store, going to the counter, and saying "Japanese beetles".  The clerk went to the shelf and handed me the bottle without a word ~ 40 bucks.

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Lark
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June 19, 2012 - 5:47 am

2012 Japanese Beetles have arrived. I really don't like the morning routine of picking them off my plants.Cry 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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