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5/10/11 8:46 P

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I forgot to mention that we used milky spore also. The problem as I said, is that our neighbors don't. Their beetles come over to our house to munch! Maybe I'll give them each traps!






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5/10/11 7:08 P

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Interesting, I have a lot of wasps. They never bother us so I just leave them alone. I have no aphids

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5/10/11 6:15 P

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When I saw Aphids devouring my Peonies, that was the last straw. So I found a spray bottle in the house, washed it out and filled it with soapy water.

One of my rose bushes used to have a territorial Wasp that lived near it. That Rose Bush was always Aphid free. (I found out that Wasps eat Aphids) That Wasp hasn't come back this year. I didn't do anything to it. I was to afraid of the Wasp to kill it.

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5/10/11 1:33 P

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I will try the Chives and Geranium, I was thinking of planting something around the rose bush.

I had completely forgotten about soapy water. That does work well.

Don't really have a problem with Japanese Beetles this year. Last year though, they would eat my roses from the inside out. They were worse than the aphids.

Mike McGrath also does a segment on WTOP

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5/10/11 11:12 A

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To GABBY308: Please don't invite me over for smoothies!! ahahahaha. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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We are also using Milky Spore but it is very expensive. We have an acre next to a 3000 acre forest preserve. I sprinkle it around my flower beds. I love Mike McGrath. OG was never the same since he left.

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Unfortunately, according to Mike McGrath, former editor of organic gardening and now npr/podcast host, using the japanese beetle traps attracts them to one's garden. I used milky spore a few years ago, and while I occasionally find the grubs and beetles, they are waaay down. And the advantage is that the spores stay in the ground (after the grubs that injested them die) so the protection increases and stays around. Mike likes the nematodes too, and they're supposed to do a better job quickly, but I think they die in the cold weather and thus need to be repurchased..... I don't want to seem like a broken record, but Mike's show, You Bet Your Garden, is syndicated by whyy.org in Philadelphia nationwide, and transcripts of his "question of the week" (which I'm sure discussed japanese beetles and their grub stage too) is at gardensalive.com.

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Hmmmm, let me know if that works Ok : )

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I have an organic garden so birds and good bugs are happy and healthy...why aren't the birds grateful enough to eat the darn things!
Oh and those bags really, really stink when they start dying in them. One other gross idea I read is that you should grind up the bugs in an old blender, strain it and then use it to spray your roses! I may be desperate enough to try that this year!


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If I can find it I'll post the picture DH took of two 5 gallon buckets full of dead Japanese beetles. I think the lure bags are grosser than just picking them off with your fingers. They don't die in the bag right away so the whole bag is buzzing with critters. DH of course did not just want to throw out the bags when they were full (weekly or more often) so he dumped the bags into 5 gallon buckets, rinsed them and reused them. A couple of years ago we decided it was more work with the bags.

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I've always planted chives and geraniums around my roses because I think I read once that they keep bad bugs away. It must work for aphids because I never have any (I don't know what a June bug is!).
I empathize with Kirstin though. I have never seen so many Japanese beetles as the last two years! We sprayed the lawn with beneficial nematodes so we don't have the grubs that lead to them, but our neighbors must breed them. They both have moles which feed on those grubs, but they can't eat them all. Once those grubs mature into beetles they all get together and say "Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Gabby's"! Our neighbors on either side don't have anything they like. I couldn't keep up with them by just shaking them into soapy water. I tried an organic powder but it didn't work. They completely destroyed not only my roses but my patio apples trees and zinnias. I resorted to putting a bag up in the front yard and had to change it every week! I read that the flower 4'oclock attracts them away from the plants you want to protect so I'm trying those this year. I don't know why I just bought 7 more rose bushes! Between the rabbits, voles and beetles, it's heartbreaking!

So, I'm with Kirstin, if anyone knows how to get rid of them Please Help!






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for aphids, mix a little dish soap in a spray bottle full of water and spray all over the aphids on your roses - get under the leaves and up and down the stems - spray everywhere - check back often to see if they come back and spray 'em again!

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I don't have aphids either. Yes, I do accredit that to my infestation of Lady Bugs. They lay their eggs here and hatch here and I am so happy!!!!!

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LOL Kerstin, I know that feeling.

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Hehehe, I have thought of putting them close to a neighbor I don't like : )

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I've heard that the Japanese beetle traps work better if you put them some place away from your plants, ant then it draws them away from your plants. When you put them near the infestation it draws more of them to your plants you want to protect.


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For some unknown reason I don't have aphids. I do have an infestation of Lady bugs, maybe that is why. I have June bugs, large ugly things, but I don't think they eat my roses. What is eating my roses however are Japanese Beetles. We have tried traps but they just lure more JBs to our yard. I go out every evening, several times per day on the weekend, and pick the bugs off into a jar with a lid which has rubbing alcohol in it. In the early morning and evening they are very placid and easy to pick off. In the heat of the day they are very active and fly all over. They don't bite and are not slimy so it is not gross and they die almost instantly. I take a perverse pleasure in doing it and spend a lot of time looking at my garden : )

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To keep aphids and June Bugs from eating your roses?

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

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