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so, i was just out with my flashlight in search of something i heard scrambling around in the garden. turns out it was a friendly little toad so i let him on his merry way and took the opportunity to do some snail hunting (not a moment too soon either. found three munching on my poor strawberries).<br><br>
and then i saw them....crawling up through the soil at the base of my jalepenos were TWO adult japanese beetles! little punks!<br><br>
so now i've added milky spore to the shopping list. i know it will work on the grubs over time, but will it help with the adult population? what else can i do, other than harvesting them with my snails?? can i use nematodes and milky spore at the same time?<br><br>
i totally jinxed myself bragging about how i'd finally conquered caterpillars.
 

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I haven't seen any japanese beetles but that is probably due to my rampant mole infestation.
 

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Uck. Nasty things tht decimate my roses. I have no moles, they're all nextdoor & the neighbor says he's going to shoot or poison them! Who'd hurt a mole?
 

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When the beetles get bad in my garden (last year was horrible!), I take a wide mouth quart jar, fill it 1/2 way with soapy water and shake the beetles into it. I do this every day until the population drops. It takes about a week or so. I am out in the garden for a few minutes every day anyhow, and my garden is not huge, so it's not a big deal. As for the snails, put a shallow dish with some beer in it, lip flush with the ground, near your plants. They will happily drink themselves to death. Good luck!
 

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Poor you! I am in the midst of our two month long annual hoplia beetle festival. All they seem to go for are my light colored roses and my Mexican primroses, which are so prolific you can't really even see the damage. I've so far kept up okay picking them off the roses and plopping them in the soapy water. I'm hoping this is a sign this won't be a rough hoplia year, though it may still be early yet. They normally hang on here through June.
 

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aww geez...i'm not excited about picking them by hand. especially since they don't seem to come out during the daylight. it's weird. i'm going to have go out with my rubber gloves and a flashlight!<br><br>
ugh...i've got the heebiejeebies!
 

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the moles came to my house! maybe i won't have such a bad beetle year. my roses are ok so far.<br><br>
'frass' has got to be the nastiest word in the english language. and seeing them mate on my roses makes me gag.
 

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So, to get rid of japanese beetles, you pick them off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: and put them in soapy water? Why soapy water? So the way to get rid of them is to pick them off? There's no way to keep them away? There legs freak me out. They are all over my Hibiscus and they are ALL MATING. Mating and munching, munching and mating. Oh the life.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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