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OK All, I have a Pest Control/Gardening Question...
08 Mar 2012 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 03/08/2012 8:10:03 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Has anyone EVER used nemotodes or Milky Spore to control Japanese Beetles and/or Flea Larva?


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KEYWORDS: gardening; pestcontrol
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1 posted on 03/08/2012 8:10:12 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1YiIiPUQR8


2 posted on 03/08/2012 8:12:51 AM PST by mkjessup (Just be careful, nematodes are nothin' to mess with ... lol)
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To: US Navy Vet
Nematodes? That's a new one to me. I've heard of people using milky spore though.

You'll get some better answers here before long, but don't forget the county extension of your state's land grant university. They'll have authoritative info on all subjects horticultural as they pertain to your locale.

3 posted on 03/08/2012 8:13:43 AM PST by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Sevin dust.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 8:20:29 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: US Navy Vet

I use Talstar One. It kills everything.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 8:21:04 AM PST by yobid (Si vis pacem, para bellum, If you wish for peace, prepare for war)
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To: US Navy Vet

Nematodes kill darn near every vegetable we put in the ground.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 8:21:23 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes. Works very well, but it is not a quick fix. It took me about two years before those critters were gone. Got rid of the moles as well, when their food sourse was gone.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 8:21:27 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: US Navy Vet

If you don’t want to use chemicals,
look into “diatomaceous earth”.
Kills anything with an exoskeleton.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 8:23:00 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: US Navy Vet
Used beneficial nematodes for weevils and fleas. Two different types of nematode applications (one burrows searching for weevil/beetle larvae and one holds its ground waiting for fleas passing by. Buy enough for two applications 7-10 days apart, keeping the unused nematodes in the refrigerator. Soil must be above 65ºF. Apply at or after dusk, as UV sunlight will kill the nematodes.

Excellent results. Will definitely use again.

9 posted on 03/08/2012 8:23:35 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: US Navy Vet

Try putting up a picture of Helen Thomas. That would keep anything away.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 8:23:35 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I have 2 Hives of Honey Bees(anyone want Honey this year ;-)) and cannot use ANY Chemicals on my land. So I am Looking to Lady Bugs, Milky Spore and Nemetodes to do the trick. Japanese Beetles ATE my Garden Last year AND My POOR Doggys were in FLEA agony!


11 posted on 03/08/2012 8:25:34 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I garden the way my grandparents did, which was organic because you used what was available on the farm. I find liquid soap (not detergent) spread on leaves, sometimes, you might have to dip the leaves in the suds, works wonders for a bunch of nasty critters, including aphids.
I also plant extra for the birds, encourage swallows to build nests.

Sevin does work. Nemotodes are dangerous, will eat everything.

Then there’s paying the neighborhood kids a nickel per beetle, which works until they get old enough to say “that’s SO GROSS!”


12 posted on 03/08/2012 8:30:04 AM PST by jayrunner
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To: US Navy Vet
I have a serious Japanese bettle problem. Last year I used about $150 worth of a Scotts product for grubs (I think it was called Grub-X) which diminished the problem to a perceptable degree but did not end it. My property is about 3/4 acre.

This year I'm planning to try Milky Spore. I know it's a multi-year proposition.

13 posted on 03/08/2012 8:30:04 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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Let’s nuke ‘em from space — it’s the only way to be sure.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 8:34:30 AM PST by thanatz
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To: MrB; All
“...’diatomaceous earth’.
Kills anything with an exoskeleton.”

BALONEY! Like most “organic” pest control remedies, DE is way over-hyped. (I've got bugs that LIVE in my bags of DE!) Most will work somewhat, never thoroughly, and usually for a very short period of time.

Despite all the hippie-talk about it, there's a very good reason why man-made fertilizers and pesticides were invented and became popular—the old ways didn't work as well!

15 posted on 03/08/2012 8:35:05 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: US Navy Vet

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/homegrnd/htms/37lpests.htm


16 posted on 03/08/2012 8:42:29 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Steely Tom

timing is the key and you have to water the crap out of it to wash it in

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/homegrnd/htms/37lpests.htm


17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:44:29 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: US Navy Vet

I don’t think I’ve seen a Japanese Beetle around here in years. We were absolutely overrun with them in the 80’s. Something in nature has obviously adjusted and is controlling their population numbers.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 8:47:18 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: US Navy Vet

Never used it; we spritz with diesel. It kills practically any and all pests and quite efficiently.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 8:50:42 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: FatherofFive

Plant a castor bean plant in your garden and the moles will leave.


20 posted on 03/08/2012 8:53:27 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: yobid

“I use Talstar One. It kills everything.”

Second that! And sticks around for months continuing to kill all insects—not plants. Get the good stuff on eBay.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 8:59:41 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: US Navy Vet
Yes, I have used milky spore on a well established flowering plum tree. They have a reputation for attracting Japanese beetles and this prolific fruit tree suffered terribly from Japanese beetle infestation.

The milky spore takes time to take effect and it does prove effective, however, my poor plum tree immediately succumbed to a severe black knot infection.

Don't know if the beetles had anything to do with the black knot, but I miss the annual harvest of tart plums which I used for hungarian plum dumplings (Szilvás Gombóc) .

22 posted on 03/08/2012 9:08:28 AM PST by wtd
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To: US Navy Vet; JustaDumbBlonde

For consideration for the gardening ping list.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 9:11:31 AM PST by momtothree
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To: US Navy Vet

Milky spore works better in warmer climes. It is virtually useless in the northern tier. Nematodes would likely work most anywhere.
I live in the North. I use a mason jar containing a couple inches of water and a few drops of detergent to catch the beetles I knock off the leaves. The detergent reduces the surface tension so the beetles sink. The practice seems to keep the population at manageable numbers. Hope this helps. sd


24 posted on 03/08/2012 9:12:34 AM PST by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I tried a napalm airstrike once. Not recommended.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 9:27:02 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: US Navy Vet

Last summer I tried a mix of dish soup, water, and hot sauce in a spray bottle. I was pleased with the results.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 9:36:56 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: FatherofFive
Got rid of the moles as well, when their food source was gone.

That's good to hear! I have a large bag of the stuff and I suppose I should get started. Did you just follow the basic instructions on the bag?

27 posted on 03/08/2012 9:44:42 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: US Navy Vet

For Japanese Beetles, go buy one of those yellow bags, bait and metal stick you jam in the ground. Next, go plant it somewhere in your neighbor’s yard he’s not likely to notice.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 9:46:48 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: MrB

I LOVE diatomaceous earth and use it everywhere: wood pile, crawl space, attic, storage boxes, under pet beds and behind any new construction.

Did you know that diatomaceous earth, milky spores and snail bait are the exact same stuff, just in different sizes for different uses.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 9:51:42 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: US Navy Vet

I believe the Dirt Doctor knows his stuff. If you use chemicals to kill everything, more than likely something harmful will move in to take over the niche. You’re better off promoting beneficial organisms that crowd out the harmful ones.

This link describes the difference between beneficial nematodes and the harmful ones.

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Beneficial-Nematodes_vq2139.htm


30 posted on 03/08/2012 10:34:38 AM PST by jtonn
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To: US Navy Vet

Back in the 50s, Admiral Byrd, who was my parents’ landlord, used to hang up empty milk bottles that had a slick funnel stuck in their mouths. The funnels contained a japanese beetle phermone. The admiral was protecting the roses in his garden (Anapolis, MD). I used to get a half dollar a week to empty the bottles, most of which were at least half full of beetles each time I emptied them.
I have no idea if these things are still available, but they worked like a marvel.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 10:34:53 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Dynamite works well for me..........


32 posted on 03/08/2012 10:40:10 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: fullchroma

yes. I bought a dispenser that puts down the right amount of the Milky Spores in a pattern accross the lawn. It is not immediate, but after 3 years I am june bug free,

And mole free.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 11:47:46 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

Thanks for the info. I’m encouraged. We have so many moles in our yard it’s hazardous to walk around; the earth sinks under the pressure of almost every step!


34 posted on 03/08/2012 10:59:07 PM PST by fullchroma
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