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Japanese Beetles 2013

June 28 2013 at 1:05 PM
Dan  (Login hawkeye_wx)
Hummingbird lover 2009

The first Japanese beetle just appeared in my yard. I'm pretty sure this is later than last year, but I expected that given the cold spring. I won't have to worry too much about about the in-ground david verity this year because it is only a few inches tall, but for the first time my schumannii is out in the open and vulnerable. I know Steve has had trouble with beetles shredding his schumannii.

Dan
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Japanese Beetles

June 28 2013, 1:30 PM 

Dan,

That's not good news. We have not seen any yet, but are expecting them any day. Typically, they show up around the third week of June, but are running late this year because of our weather.

They LOVE cuphea unfortunately. Penny did suggest putting cupheas in the shade during the hottest part of the day and that did help. We have a lot of Cuphea 'David Verity' this year.

I'm sure we will see our first one today or tomorrow. Yuck!!

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Indy Steve
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 28 2013, 2:09 PM 

I didnt want to speak the JB words but am not surprised they are late this year as everything else seems to be late also. Since Dan has spotted one I will have to keep a closer watch out for them. Yes they do seem to hit my schumannii hardest of all and I have a few in the ground and one in a pot. One year they shredded one so bad I finished it off my self out of disgust. The last couple of years although not this year I put down some milky spores granuals, curious to see if that helped any. Last year I dont remember a very heavy invasion here but others on here said they had a good amount , maybe it was Kathi and Michael.

Steve
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D_Kleiser
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 28 2013, 10:46 PM 

I removed my first two Japanese Beetles of this year yesterday, from rose blooms. Earwigs are eating up the annual Vinca.

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Pete
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 28 2013, 11:26 PM 

Earwigs need not so healthy wood, not necessarily rotten but not real good. They won't go into wood like termites do and cause damage but will eat away where damage is already present and make things worse.
Find the bad wood, remove it and most of the earwigs should go also.

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Indy Steve
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 28 2013, 11:31 PM 

Took a close look at my schumannii today , the ones in the ground appear to have possible mites. The one in the pot is a beauty untouched so far. I put some stuff on the inground plants that should help.

Steve
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Patti S
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 29 2013, 12:08 AM 

Gee thanks for bringing the JB theme on. The past 2 years have been horrid with uncountable beetles. Foolish me bought some cuphea again even though I told myself that I would not.

OK...let the drowning of the bugs begin... [linked image]

Patti
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Faulconer
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 29 2013, 7:47 AM 

Found JB last weekend on my Hyacinth Bean Plants.
Saw a couple in my veggie garden last night. I haven't had any issues
with these for several years. I will be getting some traps very soon.

The Bumble Bee trouble here I think my be passing so I hope the hummers
can now enjoy the feeders without all the intrusions from the bees.

Aphids just about killed my honeysuckle vines, they are now looking better
but no blooms on them yet. However something is eating chunks out of the leaves,
can't seem to find anything on them, so they must be eating at night.

Lug wigs have decided to stop messing with my butterfly bushes, so they are looking
great.

Lots of insect problems this year.

Jodi
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Becky
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

June 29 2013, 9:56 AM 

One of my worst fears. So far I've not seen any.

Sorry to hear that some of your are having a problem with this unwelcome insect!

~Becky~

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Indy Steve
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

July 1 2013, 2:58 PM 

Dan

Have not seen anyone make reports at least for a couple of days, what your situation now? I check mine daily closely. Really all I have to check is my cupheas, they always get hit if they are around. Nothing to report yet.

Steve
martinsville In
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Japanese Beetles 2013

July 1 2013, 4:53 PM 

No Japanese Beetles here yet in Madison, although it's been so cool and overcast that I'm not surprised. These insects like it very hot and dry. Unfortunately, this weather keeps the beetles away, but it does nothing for our garden---many salvias have stopped blooming, including Amistad.

On a positive note, I did see my first lightning bug the other night and a beautiful Red Spotted Purple Butterfly on Saturday. Those are insects I can love!

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Dan
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

July 2 2013, 6:20 PM 

Steve, I have not seen another beetle the last few days.

Dan
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Patti S
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July 2 2013, 10:15 PM 

I have not seen one yet. However, while edging the gardens I have found so many grubs that I know that it will be a horrid year here with the JB's.

Patti
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Dan
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July 4 2013, 5:56 PM 

I found a few beetles on my jacob cline monarda today.

Dan
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Indy Steve
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

July 4 2013, 6:35 PM 

Intellicast is showing temps to get into the 80s by the weekend and beyond but it will need to quit raining and the sun shine for a couple of days for them to be active here. I just checked everything again no sign. We are 11" above what we experienced last year. That stat is for indy though not martinsville. Should be near the same here.

Steve
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Japanese Beetles 2013

July 9 2013, 11:22 AM 

We saw our first two Japanese Beetles yesterday on Cuphea. We were out of town for four days, so are not sure of their actual arrival date. A neighbor with rose bushes saw her first last week.

Yuck!! The bucket has been officially started.

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Michael and Kathi Rock
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Dan
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

July 9 2013, 11:55 AM 

I've only seen one beetle in the last four days. Maybe last year's severe drought has cut down their numbers? That would be a nice side-effect of the drought.

Dan
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Indy Steve
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Re: Japanese Beetles 2013

July 9 2013, 1:13 PM 

As of today still no beetles that I can see. Of course my cupheas are the very first plants I check and you know why. But I also give everything the once over. Heres hoping I dont have to report anything else beetlewise.

Just looked at the weather , looks like our long period of everyday rain will end wed and starting thurs we will several dry days in a row of dry days so if I have them it will be in that period.

Steve
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Japanese Beetles 2013

July 9 2013, 3:51 PM 

I found a few more beetles today on our Impatiens glandulifera (Policeman's Helmet). They seem to be attracted to those pale flowers in a particular spot in the yard (near a bunch of cupheas). For those who don't know what this plant is, here's a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens_glandulifera

Some perennial sweet peas that the beetles dearly love did not come back this year, so that is almost a relief.

We had rain this morning, but I think the drying out of the next few days will unfortunately bring more beetles.

They certainly arrived several weeks later this year than in past seasons and we can only hope that the drought of last season will decrease their numbers greatly.

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Ron
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Japanese Beetles

July 9 2013, 4:30 PM 

I treated my lawn and garden for several years with Milky Spore and my Japanese Beetles numbers have been way down... to like zero. They were previously eating everything and now I very rarely see one. I know it defies logic that controlling Japanese Beetles on my property should not prevent them from flying in from elsewhere but that seems to be what happened.

Possibly, Milky Spore in the soil deters them from coming in or maybe most of the Japanese Beetles don't travel far from where they emerge to where they eat and mate. I don't know but I don't have them anymore since I used Milky Spore and I never spray any pesticides.

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