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Japanese beetles

Hi again! You all were so helpful on the last post that I was wondering if you'd be able to help my mother with a problem she's had since moving to Virginia. My mother loves roses, but she's been having a really hard time with them the last few years. It seems her area of virginia (northern, stafford) is plagued with Japanese beetles. This year a climbing rose that she'd planted about five years ago was swarmed by the nasty buggers and literally eaten to the ground. Having suffered that injustice, it caught a fungal infection and there was no saving it.

Every year my mom sets out japanese beetle traps in both the front and back yard to catch them and they do catch quite a few, the problem is that as many as they catch, there are always more to attack her roses, so she doesn't find them an effective way of dealing with the problem.

If you guys have any tips to share, that would be great. She'd love to be able to plant roses again!


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May. 15th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
My mom had that problem a couple years back.. I think these guys go through waves of population surges... Anyways, I would not recommend the traps that she uses. Basically, unless everyone on her street it using them, the traps just attract all the Japanese beetles in the area to your mom's yard. The traps use pheromones to lure the beetles, and it only gets the adult beetles. So as long as there are still grubs being laid elsewhere in the neighborhood they just bring all the beetles in the area to her yard.

Solution-wise, I don't remember exactly what my mom did to prevent them. I want to say she used a combination of insecticides and possibly a bacteria in the soil.. but I don't remember exactly. I am gonna check with her and get back to you...
May. 17th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
my mom has the same problem too, if you find out the solution, do let me know!

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Nov. 24th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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