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Dang Bugs

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Must be summer as the various pests are making their assault on my groceries.  Tomato worms are normal but coming on strong but some dioel will settle their hash.  Always get some squash beetles but Sevin and permethrin will get them, eventually the locust like grey beetless that eat everything over night will arrive and I usually go to chemical weapons of mass destruction that the UN would likely send an armed force to my house if they knew what all I mixed up for them.  BUT, tonight a new pest has decided that not only do I not need my wormy peaches but don't need my early apples either apparent leaves or fruit.  They look like about 1/4 sized June bugs and they are absolutely voracious, have my peaches covered entirely and are sucking them dry, never had them before.  Any reccomendations for sending them to their doom?

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Sounds like jap beetles. Use liquid sevin around dark.  Dont go out and buy a trap, it just seems to draw them in and make things worse. 

Sevin dust gets on bees and they take back to hives. Does a number on them. Liquid sprayed in late eve after bees have quit working is better way to apply sevin.  

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Thanks JD I have some liquid sevin, is my research right, do I also need to put something down on the ground to kill their larvae next spring or I will get to enjoy their company again.  I was carefule not to spray the apples until the last of the blooms had fallen off so as not to damage any bees, even though I don't keep bees.  Wish I did, but that is just something I never got into.

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Its an expensive hobby with its ups and downs.  Downright work if you want to make it that way.  Then you have to get rid of the honey!

You can treat the ground if you have a concentration of them.  Killing the host on the plant should get the job done.

I put out some of the traps a few years ago and filled a trash bag with them before the day was over.  I was dumping the trap at least once per hour.  The wind was just right and the phermone was dragging them in by the thousands.  When the phermone lost its draw, they started attacking my Pin Oak trees above the trap.  They almost stripped a couple of trees about 25 ft tall.  I have a neighbor about a 1/4 mile away with a vineyard.  The phermone trap lured them off of those grape vines to my direction.  That was the last trap I put out and I have not had many problems since.  I did have a few hit my pole beans last summer, I zapped them with sevin spray.

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Well I checked a little closer tonight and the entire orchard is full of them.  Used a 15 gal ATV mounted sprayer and sprayed almost 30 gallons of Sevin and acetafid or something like that.  10 years ago I would have mixed Malthion strong enough to burn them alive and thrown away the clothes I was wearing.  (Actually have been down that road).  Strange though that a diagnosis of a cancer with no known cause (sorry you are just unlucky) makes you a little more twitchy about things like that.  

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They roll in fast and do a lot of damage. They are pretty small and blend in with foliage. Hard to see at first. 

First time I saw them, they were eating up neighbors grape vine near the property line. I sprayed it for him so they would not come across to my garden. That was 10 years ago, the poison grapes did not cause him harm.....

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