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1Jul/076

Invasion of the Japanese Beetle

Japanese BeetleI found this little critter on a red maple in our backyard tonight. He and a few thousand of his buddies are making mincemeat out of anything with purple or red leaves.

Shannon's purple flowers are completely gone and our reddish trees and bushes are beginning to look like swiss cheese. I'll be picking up some Sevin (carbaryl) on my way home from work tomorrow. The pesticide does not last for very long: I'll need to re-spray every 7-10 days (or anytime it rains). I'll also need to watch the aphid and mite populations because over-application of Sevin can lead to overpopulations of those pests.

Homeownership: Educational and Fun! :)

  • Vincent

    I’ve only been in my house for about 7 days now and I’ve already bought me some beetle killer. Our tree leaves in front are in shreds.

  • Vincent

    I’ve only been in my house for about 7 days now and I’ve already bought me some beetle killer. Our tree leaves in front are in shreds.

  • wifey

    UHHHH . . .is that thing on our kitchen counter?!

  • wifey

    UHHHH . . .is that thing on our kitchen counter?!

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    You ask if this is our counter? I plead the fifth.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    You ask if this is our counter? I plead the fifth.