Monday, August 3, 2009

mystery solved

Suddenly this week-- which has been blessedly too hot for a change, the Japanese beetles have begun congregating like swimmers at coney island...then yesterday I noticed several dents in the ground, it looked a lot like the mark a deer hoof would make on soft ground. Didnt think much of it. Then today the mister mentioned it, said they were all OVER the place--so we went on a tour of the garden and sure enough there were at least two or three dozen little post holes, all diggy places maybe two or three inches deep.

Then I remembered that skunks are prodigious diggers, and they love japanese beetle grubs. A little online checking, and that's it. They also apparently like carrot tops, but only the sturdiest ones--it does no harm to the carrot, only to the greenery.

Between the skunks above ground and the moles below ground this place is going to resemble a miniature meteor strike zone. But no grubs.

11 comments:

  1. I, too, enjoy a nice grub sandwich now & then; cannot fault brother skunk for his appetites.

    Most moles, obviously, are also connoisseurs. Little known fact: Moles are also delicious.

    Finally, let me add: Skunk stew......YUM.

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  2. you are a man of discernment, but few boundaries. Good (if a little scary) to know.

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  3. The last two years have been terrible for japanese beetles. Their favorite seems to be the rose bush and apple trees.

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  4. yep it seems to be that way everywhere. I find they also favor elderberry bushes, wild flowers like evening primrose (which appears to be their second choice of host plant), and day lilies.
    A good shot of 3-in-1 or WD-40 directly on each one annoys the blazes out of them, and they spend so much time trying to get the stuff off they forget to mate, or even hang onto the bush. Its terribly satisfying...

    They breath through their carapace the way ticks to, and coating them distracts them, no end.

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  5. If you put the Japenese beetle bait sacks out you can kill them by the thousands, but it doesnt seem to make a dent in the population.

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  6. thats because you are attracting japanese beetles from the four corners of the county. Your neighbors will love you for it, because you get their beetles.

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  7. I paint them with nailpolish, pretend they're ladybugs. Live and let live, eh?

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  8. Maybe we just need more skunks.

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  9. Skunks work for me, as do moles. a lot of critters eat those icky grubs (those are the big white fat ones), lots of birds do too--and if the moles are happy, and the rest, so am I.
    it also saves me a fortune on Milky Spore, which is a hassle to spread on a piece this large and compllicated. The lawn i dont care about, it's just reclaimed field, but the garden I do.
    Maybe a sign--all wildlife welcome, all the grubs you can eat, bring friends! *g*

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  10. No new posts in a week.......Have the Japanese Beetles ate you?

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  11. nag. nothing to post about, at the moment. Ive gone as long as a month before with nothing to show for it. Patience, dear heart, patience.

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