Saturday, July 10, 2010

What is bugging me today... Japanese beetles..

The warm months of summer bring these beasts to my gardens and I dread their arrival.  According to Wikipedia the species Popillia japonica isn't much of a pest in Japan due to natural predators but that isn't the case here in the states.  They were first discovered in the US in 1916 and thought to have hitched a ride on iris bulbs before commodity inspections began.   Each year, from late June to Mid July,  my roses, grapes, cannas, peas and many other plants take a lot of abuse from these little devils.
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1 comment:

newdawnscomet said...

Thank you for your comprehensive (and accurate) information for the on-going battle against the Japanese beetle. I have told many, many people about the problem with using the traps. It's good to know that others understand the complexities of what to do, and how to do it.