THERE ARE JAPANESE BEETLE TRAPS…WOULD THEY WORK FOR OTHER SPECIES? OH YEAH—THAT’S CHEMICALS—COULD PICK THEM OFF BY HAND…INTO USED OIL….?
On the Bug vs. People nuisance chart, things are looking pretty good here. Black flies departed on Father’s Day as usual, mosquitoes arrived shortly thereafter, and annoying mayflies followed mosquitoes. Whew!
All those flying biting insect numbers are dwindling and being replaced by garden pests, but not many yet….except for a few of the most gargantuan slugs I’ve EVER seen! They look more like small snakes after our wet spring!
It’s the scarab beetles that I am keeping an eye on in the garden. I’ve only seen only one Japanese beetle now emerging from the soil, but I’ve seen a dozen or more of their cousins in the garden, the oriental beetles (Exomala orientalis) feeding mainly on the daisies and lady’s mantle. They are not voracious feeders but they do enough damage elsewhere.
It’s the lawn that takes a hit from these beetles. Just like the Japanese beetle…
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