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Old 06-17-2010, 03:33 AM   #1
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Default Aurora IL, Japanese Beetle Spotted

More or less letting the other hop growers in the Chicagoland area know what's up.

I saw a lone beetle under a leaf of my Cascade. I checked my other hops, I found more on my Mt. Hood. Just like last year, they seem to love Mt. Hood and Cascade, but not a single one on my Chinook. To bitter for them? I dunno.

While some people hate pheromone traps, I set mine out and have good luck with them. I also decided to spray my hops, flushing my 'organic' status down the toilet. Figured the label is essentially a point of pride. Since I have none, who cares.

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:35 AM   #2
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HAHA! Thanks for the warning. I will let you know how my Potato, bean, and rose "distractions" work this year.

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I also planted a lot of companion/trap plants, but I suspect that since it's first year for these plants and some have barely sprouted, that I won't reap the rewards until next year. I will be curious how well they work and look forward to your 'report'.

My cousin e-mailed me and told me 'what you should have done is make your yard bird friendly, they eat the grubs while they are still on the ground'. Now he tells me. Sounds like another hobby! Erg.

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Those grubs are far too deep for a bird to impact. And only certain birds eat them. Seeing as how you are in suburbia (as am I) you don't really have a space for a purple martin house. That's probably your best bet if that's your goal.

I put out seed and have a bird bath and it doesn't seem to make much difference. This year might be a bit skewed because of the 3-week early spring we had. Most people (uincluding myself) planted at roughly the normal time, but the hops are 3 weeks further along and the ground temps are as well, meaning the beetle hatch will be earlier than normal and your companion plants won't be as big as usual.

My pole beans are waist high and will be head high in a week or 2. I would expect they will be sufficiently sized to attract the beetls and the rose bush will certainly have no problem as a beetle beacon.

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Benificial Nematodes and White Spore.

The nematodes are good for 10 years and improve their numbers as the food supply is increased. The spores take about 3 years to achieve maximum potential.

The nematodes are predatory specific whereas the spore is not. Both attack the grub where it sleeps and destroy it either from the inside out or outside in. Meaning, unless they come form someones elses yard they don;t stand a chance to become beetles.

I would get them so thick that just before suymmer as the air cooled at dusk the ground would be buzzing with them. Now, not so much. I generally only find them bashing their skulls against the artificial sun.

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They have started to show up here now too. They don't seem to bother my hops, but they devour our grape vines which are next to the hops.

....oh, and our peaches too.

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Thanks for the warning. I'll keep an eye out in Joliet.

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I'm in Oswego and I just noticed this morning that some of my leaves on my Centennail were a little beat up. I thought beetles but I looked closely at the leaves and had some type of what I would call caterpillar on the back of the leaves: black about 1/4" long and much smaller in diameter. A few little guys but looked to have a nice appetite. Just thought I would mention since this is a bit of a local post. Any ideas what they are and how to combat them?

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Not sure what you have, curious if any one else could chime in wt. ideas.

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