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 :)
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.
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,
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