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Those darn Japanese beetles !!!!!!
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BOSS    Posted 10-08-2003 at 19:29:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are everywhere !!!!!!!!!

we have a polkadotted porch. My daughter spent all night catching them and putting them in her bug catcher. I didn't have the heart to tell her they will bite you. They didn't, so I let her keep doing it. Now we have about 50 of them in her screened bug catcher on our kitchen table and the cats are going crazy.

Way Too Much Time On My H    Posted 10-09-2003 at 20:21:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have been spending a great portion of my waking hours wundering if them thar critters are like snowflakes and every one has a differant pattern on its back? Or maybe there are recurring patterns that like designate families/tribes or such? Anybody out there got an idea?

Thanks fer lettin me get that of my chest - it's been buggin me!!

Joe S./Central FL    Posted 10-09-2003 at 08:42:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
my chickens fight over those things...they devour them....sounds like a feast!

Tom A    Posted 10-09-2003 at 04:13:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe it is just coincidence, but I've been using several (many) of those traps on my place and have seen a pretty significant reduction the last two years. My theory is that I've been trapping enough of them that there are fewer to reproduce, hence fewer new generations.

The first year I seemed to have many *more* of them--probably coming from all over the area. The first few years I was emptying the traps daily and probably could have done so twice a day (and I've got about a dozen traps!). This year I only set out 4 traps and was emptying them about once every 2-4 days at the height of the season, and not very often at all during most of it.

I'm using the permanent metal traps, not the kind with the plastic bags you have to buy. That way I can buy the bait once a season and I can use old grocery bags to empty the traps into.

Like I said, maybe it is coincidence but there were lots less of them here this year and very little damage to the garden. I've been trapping them for 5 seasons now, so this isn't a short-term project.


dig    Posted 10-08-2003 at 20:28:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just keep telling myself that in another few weeks they will freeze solid and we won't have to put up with them until next year.

You would think that after all the fun in
Australia with the rabbits and cats and mice and . . . that people would figure out to leave the little beasties where they are, leave things where there are predators to keep them in check. But no . . .

There's a story going around that one of the local bakeries is offering 50 cents a pound for the nasty things. They're going to use them in place of chocolate chips in cookies.

ow    Posted 10-09-2003 at 07:28:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh them blasted things - probably become fish lures or something - anybody needs a bushel, i can probly find them :) Hey they would make a cute m&m, wouldn't they?

For enterpreneurs out there, people would likely buy inflatable beetles for use as scarecrows, or some incense-type gimmick or something. doesn't matter if it works, you create momentum like they did with the gas-fired mosquito barbaques, half the customers will swear they work rather than admit they're gimmicks (otherwise the used market goes flat) and you only have to sell it once.

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