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Old 04-15-2010, 03:02 PM   #11
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Rat traps do work great for squirrels, use peanut butter on the trigger part.

A bit off topic... anyone have some thoughts on keeping the Japanese Bettles at bay this year? They really take over my hops every year. So far they've concentrated on the Willamette and fuggle, so I've been able to get a harvest from my cascade... but I'd like to get a harvest from all of the plants.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #12
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Rat traps do work great for squirrels, use peanut butter on the trigger part.

A bit off topic... anyone have some thoughts on keeping the Japanese Bettles at bay this year? They really take over my hops every year. So far they've concentrated on the Willamette and fuggle, so I've been able to get a harvest from my cascade... but I'd like to get a harvest from all of the plants.
Plant pole and bush beans in the area and they will be "redirected"... They much prefer rose bushes, crabapple trees, birch trees, pole beans (they eat the leaves but don't effect bean production).

And most importantly, make sure you and everyone else in the area is spreading the Bayer Grub Killer in the early spring and early fall every year.

This stuff:
http://www.bayeradvanced.com/insects...rf-revitalizer

And if you want to try a "nuke" approach, they make a 24-hr killer. Those grubs hatch from eggs in the late summer and feed on your lawn and are most succeptible to grub killer in the early to mid fall timeframe.


 
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BTW, I think we need a sticky Japanese Beetle thread.

 
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Hmmm! Good thought. I don't use grub killer since I put down Milkey Spore a year or two ago and that will take care of the grubs in my yard for the next 30 years. but my neighbors probably won't spend the dough, and there are a lot of fields fairly nearby.

I'll try the distraction plants this year. I used to have rose bushes but tore them out... I'd rather be growing something I can get food off of.
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Hmmm! Good thought. I don't use grub killer since I put down Milkey Spore a year or two ago and that will take care of the grubs in my yard for the next 30 years. but my neighbors probably won't spend the dough, and there are a lot of fields fairly nearby.
Effectiveness of milky spore is much debated. I know from my personal experience that the grub killer works very well. It works even better if you educate your neighbors and and in the worst cases even offer to buy and/or apply it for them.

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I'll try the distraction plants this year. I used to have rose bushes but tore them out... I'd rather be growing something I can get food off of.
Agreed! I have 1 antique rose I keep around but otherwise have a slew of other things such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, jostaberries, strawberries, 3 pear trees, 2 peach trees, 2 cherry trees, a crabapple, a decorative plum, dogwoods, a birch tree, a couple maples, etc in addition to my 14 hop crowns and lots of veggie gardening including beans, peas, potatoes, garlic, shallots, tomatoes, yadda yadda yadda.

In short, I would rate Japanese beatle preference in my setting to something like this:

1) Rose Bush
2) crabapple/birch/plum trees
3) Pole beans
4) Bush and Soy beans
5) Dogwoods
6) Maple trees
7) Hops

They seem to leave almost everything else in my garden alone.


You can also use this product around your non-fruit trees to help kill the little buggers when they eat the leaves, preventing them from laying eggs in the area:

http://www.bayeradvanced.com/insects...dscape-formula

Works quite well IMO.


And I do almost everything as organically as I can, but have not been able to find or read about anything that is even half as effective as these Bayer products.

 
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So...... squirrels just wiped me out. Had two Willamette plants all fat and sassy, doing real well..... then, the horror!! I just wish the City Manager didn't live down the street, or I would apply an ounce and a half of 7 1/2 birdshot with a three dram equivalent "applicator"...... OK lesson learned, the chicken wire goes over the top too! More rhizomes in the mail, hope it isn't too dang late.

 
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High power pellet guns work well & are quiet.

 
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:55 PM   #18
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What I would really like to use is the ole 45/70......... sure would make a mess though...

 
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A bit off topic... anyone have some thoughts on keeping the Japanese Bettles
Tell your neighbors you got a really good deal on traps and wanted to give them one or two if they could use them. And then you don't use any, or put some out in a field nearby. You'll be fine then.
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:54 PM   #20
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Now you guys have me all nervous about my hops. The Japanese beetles haven't seemed to be here for a few years, but squirrels and are often seen running around outisde
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