Desperate Times Call for Desperate Mea­sures

Modern Pioneer - - Beetle -

For home­own­ers who have no ob­jec­tion, many com­mer­cially avail­able chem­i­cals work quite well on adult Ja­panese bee­tles, and quite hon­estly, we’ve re­lied on them a bit dur­ing peak in­fes­ta­tion years, but only as a last re­sort, and then only be­fore and af­ter our flow­ers, fruits and veg­eta­bles are in bloom to pro­tect bees and other help­ful in­sects.

Even then, we have come to rely on the least toxic chem­i­cals pos­si­ble, such as Per­methrin, which, when ap­plied as di­rected, can be used on just about ev­ery­thing from veg­eta­bles to bram­bles to fruit trees. Another chem­i­cal we have used of­ten are neem-based sprays. They have a low tox­i­c­ity, can be used on var­i­ous plants, even roses, and work well when adult bee­tles first ap­pear, as well as dur­ing peak in­fes­ta­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, neem sprays also help con­trol a host of other un­de­sir­able pests in the or­chard and flower and veg­etable gar­dens. As al­ways, they should be used and ap­plied as di­rected, and gen­er­ally are most ef­fec­tive in the late morn­ing or afternoon when the adults are most ac­tive.

Of course, when in doubt, lo­cal ex­ten­sion ser­vices and gar­den­sup­ply out­lets can be in­for­ma­tive sources on what chem­i­cals are best in spe­cific ar­eas based on cur­rent in­fes­ta­tion lev­els.


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