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Post  lyndeeloo on 7/9/2013, 7:45 am

We are battling the Beetle big time! We have huge June bugs, Japanese beetles and Grape Vine beetles. They are eating the leaves off of EVERYTHING, even things they aren't supposed to like. If you stand still long enough they will even land on you.

I've bought nematodes to release for the inevitable grubs and what ever else they will help with. We got an inch and a half of rain last night, so I think tonight will be a good time to release them, after I water a bit more. I am researching Milky Spore as a long term solution and am in the process of building a beetle trap with a 5 gal. bucket, a funnel and some lure from the hardware store. My neighbor said I could put the trap in his yard since he has nothing for them to eat there. Saw how to make it online.

What else can I do? Any thoughts, or advice for the battle?
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Post  quiltbea on 7/9/2013, 10:54 am

I tried Milky Spore the first year I put in my beautiful lavender roses along the front of the farmer's porch.  Spread it in the ground.  Very costly.  It doesn't work on the adult beetles, just the larvae that hatch in the ground.  The Milky S didn't do a thing for my roses even the next year.  They were all chomped to their stems and I lost them all.  I guess we had too much lawn area which harbors their eggs.

Now I just go outdoors a couple or 3 times a day with my jar of soapy water and hold it beneath a leaf where there's some J beetles and tap one.  They drop down before they fly off, and right into the soapy water.  That's been the only way I can keep ahead of them.
When I see a few of them congregating on the lawn, I'm out there killing them by stepping on them and grinding them in the ground so they can't lay more eggs.  They will hover in a group where they plan to lay eggs.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.  I notice they also love my dwarf cherry tree and the peas in the veggie garden.  For me its a battle from mid-July til the end of September.
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Post  lyndeeloo on 7/9/2013, 4:51 pm

Thanks QB, I'm sorry to hear about your rose bushes, it's so sad to lose a beautiful plant like that. I also use the jar of water method with a little veggie oil on top of the water, my Italian grandpa taught me that. I'm just so sick of chasing the little monsters, I'm hoping for a less "hands on" approach. I guess I'm figuring if I try a little bit of everything something has got to work eventually. I even read where this guy recommends grinding the beetles up in a blender and adding water and soap and spraying the plants with it. Ugh, I'd never be able to do that. It makes me queasy just thinking about it. I was just wondering if anyone is having any luck getting rid of them.
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Post  ddemeo on 7/10/2013, 2:08 pm

I'm giving Neem Oil a try. Everyone is sold out locally, which I'm hoping means it's effective. My Amazon order should arrive today. I'll let you know if it helps! It's supposed to be safe to the honeybee population, so hooray!!
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