Beau July 2nd, 2008
I’ve got beetle mania this week. After seeing hundreds and hundreds of japanese beetles decimating our grapes and other plants, we decided it was time to get a trap. They’re simple, not too expensive, and work like a charm. Within minutes of hanging up the trap yesterday, beetles were flying toward it and dropping into the bag.
This thing works very well. There’s at least four flying beetles and a dozen more over the yellow vanes above the bag, and more on the way!
After a few hours the bag was full of hundreds of beetles. Yuck! We put up another trap and left them up all day. This morning I threw out what seemed like two pounds of bugs, and hung up a couple of more bags.
I considered cutting open the bag and throwing the beetles in the pond after reading about someone who fed them to his catfish, but I didn’t want to chance releasing a ton of beetles that we already caught. This morning the grapes already look better, and there are many fewer japanese beetles on the other plants.
I’m under no illusion that this will solve our nuisance problem with the beetles. But it may just help the grapes continue to mature, and lessen the number of beetles we have next year. Chalk one up to technology, but I hope some enterprising bird can figure out how to eat these little suckers!
On the subject of yucky bugs, does anyone know what this big brown catepillar is? It’s sitting upside down next to a 4×4 post! I’ll try to find out… maybe we’ll call it a “Big Brown Four Inch Catepillar” for now. Not very creative, I know. Any better ideas?