Operation Japanese Beetle Eradication (JBE)
Date: July 2, 2017
Subject of Study:
Japanese beetles aka &#%!@?s
– Joseph the Bug Hunter (JBH)
– Jacob the Bug Whacker (JBW)
– Melissa (Mom)
The Final Experiment
While I believe that one or all of the natural methods we tried would have worked to manage the onslaught of the beetles, I also believe that, by the time we tried them, it was too late and there were just too many to combat.
So, I am going to try organic Neem Oil in an effort to stop them from completely obliterating what is left of the vineyard, fedge and our young fruit trees in the swales.
We are also going to spread milky spore over the lawn to kill as many grubs as we can in the hope of hatching fewer beetles next year.
The potential problem with both of these methods is the cost.
Beetles are laying their eggs all over the 5 acres we own for the entire 8 weeks they are here. That means that next year Japanese beetle grubs will be waiting to emerge from the soil as a full-grown army of maniacal demons.
If we wanted to cover the entire property, we would need a ton of milky spore to have a chance against such an enemy.
Does this mean we won’t try it? Absolutely not. I will try everything withing my power to destroy my insect enemy, but we need to be vigilant and prepared with the other methods we have tried in order to stop–or at least better manage this blight.
They may have defeated us this year, but my team of entomologists will be back to fight the battle anew next year…armed with new knowledge and better weaponry.
Down but not yet out
We learn from all our failures
And come back swinging
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