Re: Black Eye Susans & Japanese beetles

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Posted by Newt on July 22, 2003 at 08:37:20:

In Reply to: Re: Black Eye Susans posted by Mike on July 22, 2003 at 08:22:12:

: Thanks for the FAST reply!!!

: It will be hard to treat the ground, I have 9 acres and am next to a farm. Is there a treatment to put on the plant to make it not taste so good? Do those trap things work?

: Mike :)

Hi Mike,
Ouch! That would be too much to treat. Sounds like a lovely setting though. I've never used the traps, but I've heard from others that have that they seem to attract more beetles than they trap. You could give it a try in one area and see if it makes a difference. I think the placement of the traps is essential in making it work properly, and you have a large enough piece of land that might make them work. Take a look at this.
http://www.gardensalive.com/item_display.asp?ProductNumber=8124

You could also apply deet to the plants, but do keep in mind that it will kill the good bugs as well as the bad. But it is a natural substance and less toxic than most.

Best of luck,
Newt


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