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Re: Jb magnets

Bonnie, I wasn't sure what you meant by June Bugs (especially since my Japanese Beetles never show up until July) so I looked it up and June Bug covers "any of numerous rather large leaf-eating scarab beetles (subfamily Melolonthinae) that fly chiefly in late spring and have larvae that are white grubs which live in soil and feed chiefly on the roots of grasses and other plants", so I guess my Japanese Beetles might fit into that category except that they are summer visitors, but I don't know if YOUR June Bugs are Japanese Beetles.

I don't use bait or bags, they just attract more and to be effective would have to be moved everytime the wind changes course. Not happenin' here. Rue could be a plant in any of 15 genera, but I'm thinking you might mean Ruta graveolens. I didn't know it was a deterrent; always thought of it as an herb and a bit weedy, but I guess I could give it a try. Thanks.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 8:55 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Jb magnets

Kitty, I have had some damage from June Bugs on my Rose of Sharon, but not
much. Do you use bait and bags or have you tried rue or some other natural

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 2:01 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Jb magnets

Years ago I kept a yellow rose as my indicator plant that let me know when
Japanese beetles began arriving. Eventually I started noticing their other
preferences and have removed them. I got rid of Purple Loosestrife for many
reasons, but evicting many JBs with them was the real pleasure. Pussy
Willows were the next to go. This year it will be the Blue Satin Rose of
Sharon; again for more than one reason.

The blue flowers were the attraction for me. I knew I might be taking a
chance because JBs loved my double ROS when I had it on the other side of
the yard and they devoured the white ROS that was 10 feet from the blue
one's placement. I hoped though I could keep an eye on it. However, the
other two ROS never, ever gave me a single volunteer plant, but Blue Satin
seeds like a maniac everywhere. The other two ROS have been ripped out and
now, with the arrival of swarms of JBs on this one, it's gonna be a goner,
too. Can't do much at the moment though as a Clematis is using it for
support (it's about 7 feet now), but it is coming out this year. ROS, never

neIN, Zone 5

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