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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9178327

This species is really doing damage in my garden this year as it did last. The beetles are like small "june beetles' and feed at night on plant leaves. Go out tonight with a flashlight and examine any plants on which you've had lots of bugholes with no obvious bugs in the daytime.

http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/caps/pestInfo/asiaticGardenbtl.htm

They especially like my Centaurea montanta, most types of Chrysanthemums, peaches, and a few are found on many other garden plants. A few were there last night finishing off my sad nearly skeletonized Geranium pratense ( a hardy geranium) They were active on a my ailing Peach and hardly on my healthy looking Peach so they may prefer, or be more able to feed on, sick plants.

Handpicking is an option but I'm getting discouraged after 150 bugs in two nights.

Imidacloprid (Merit) insecticide is toxic to bees, according to recent studies. You may want to think about that before dosing actively flowering plants with this chemical.

This message was edited Jun 24, 2012 9:49 AM
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9179084

Do they have a grub stage? Would milky spore help?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9179124

The grub stage feeds on a variety of roots but not turf.
Not sure
Last I read about milky spore it was very specific to Japanese beetles- But with these being similar, we could hope it gets them too and they simply don't have research to support that That question I have not really looked for . I have not used Milky spore here.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9179185

I thought I read recently that it worked on all grubs.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2012
6:40 PM

Post #9179188

Here it is: http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=768: "Misconception #1: “Milky spore (disease) ONLY works on JAPANESE beetle grubs. Dr. Klein explains that although it does work best against Japanese beetle babies, some strains have been shown to infect other white grubs—which is good, because other beetle grubs are learning how much fun it is to live in turf."

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9179193

Thanks! That is good to hear and have a good source on. I hope it means if you have 'spored ' your lawn, you'll have less of these things.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9179207

It has definitely made a difference in our yard; it takes a few years for it to "kick in."

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9179261

Picked fifty more beetles tonight; I am getting tired of this gig! I can hear the beetles flying around while I pick. I will confess I have used an insecticide drench on some of those non flowering plants that this beetle seems to like best.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
9:35 PM

Post #9179369

Sally, keep at it. In a week or two these adults will go underground and lay ave of 20 eggs which then become 'white grubs' that munch on roots! So catch all you can now

Also, since these bugs are attracted to light, there should be some way of rigging a lite over a bucket with soapy water in bottom to catch them, like those stink bug traps.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 25, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9181002

Thanks Judy; yes it did seem that they flew to my light if I lingered in one spot. Thinking cap...The stink bug one I saw used a light inside a trap made from a cut large soda bottle.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9181609

Something has been eating my Sedum "Autumn Joy" big time. Ideas? I know I could go out at night with a flashlight to check it out, but I haven't. I didn't see any critters on it today.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9181691

So, sally how about an article from you on "The Night Garden"? or how to balance a flashlite and a cup of soapy water and still 'get' your target creatures...for us inveterate hand pickers!

This might create a noise problem at nite after 11 pm, but I use a small wet/dry vac with a long extension cord and a small crevice tool end to vacuum up unwanteds like stink bugs, JBs and gypsy moth caterpillers which die in the inch or two of soapy water in the tank. Like sucking up bb s you can hear them going to meet their fate and I am playing my part in balancing the over population of invasive insects with few natural enemies while not over burdening my environs with broad spectrum chemicals and their side effects.

Oh, my vac is strong enough to get the bugs but leave the plant (except for say, roses that would have broken up with a good wind or rain anyhow)

Last summer while eliminating stink bugs looking to overwinter by landing on and climbing the west facing side of my house, I rigged up a longer hose and attached it to a long bamboo pole and found I could reach up almost 25 feet to get those that had almost reached the roof peak.

One word of caution, try not to let the water/bug slurry in the vac splash on you especially with stink bugs on board in your enthusiasm to reach for just one more!

I have also used this to vacuum up those inevitable ant colonies that love my stacked pots

I'm going to post this on the other bug thread we have going here. too.

This message was edited Jun 26, 2012 9:51 AM

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