Sunday, August 6, 2017

Japanese Beetle

They’re green and rust, rather metallic as they shimmer in the sunlight. Some say beautiful, but all who grow roses considers them just a loathsome bug.
I am referring to the Japanese Beetle; and they are setting up a dining franchise in your garden.

This world traveler hails from where its name begins, and has no known predators here in this fair land, except you and me.
They travel in herds of hundreds, even thousands; and can strip your botanical handiwork in an afternoon if everybody got the memo.

Like I said, they have no known predator, so don’t expect some avian savior to swoop in and save the day; it will be just you and your little bag of tricks my friend, just you and your sack of deception.
What do I mean by “a bag of tricks/sack of deception”? Why the Japanese Beetle traps of course.

In the entomology world reproduction is the main driving force, it’s all that is running through their little pin headed brains; well, that and eating of course. The Japanese Beetle trap taps into that drive; it releases a pheromone that lures the beetles away.
Drunk with the “prime directive” they fly toward the source, crawl down into the bag and drown with the rest of their friends.

The placement of this trap is important. You don’t stick it in the middle of your rose garden. Yes it will kill the JBs but not after they’ve taken a bunch of bites out of your finest first.
The key is to "gift" one to the neighbor to the north; you know the same neighbor you gave the “bug zapper light” too. Then you tell him how attractive it will look over in the south-west corner of his property. If he’s wise to your scheme you'll then have to set one up on the north west corner of your property. This way the prevailing winds will wash this pheromone over your beauty and toil, thus luring the pests away.

If the reunion is great your bag will fill up fast.

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