- How to Kill Asian Longhorned Beetles
- How to Kill Tortoise Beetles on Tomato Plants
- Insects That Light Up
- How to Get Rid of Beetles on Rose Bushes
- How to Get Rid of Beetles on Tomato Plants
- Curculio Beetle Information
- How to Kill Japanese Beetles With a Mixture of Ammonia
- Beautiful Flowers That Smell Bad
- How to Kill Japanese Beetles on Trees
Asian Longhorned beetles infest and destroy hardwood trees by transmitting a fungus that causes Dutch elm disease. They are a pest that is not native to the United States. The beetle is transported from China to the United States through shipments encased in hardwood. Measures have been taken to fumigate these shipments, but due to the large amount of trade with China, catching every hitchhiking pest is proving difficult. Killing Asian Longhorned Beetles will protect your non-infested hardwood trees. You must remove infected trees to protect the healthy ones.
Identify hardwood trees that are infested by Asian Longhorned Beetles. Look for the beetle on maples, horsechestnuts, poplars, willows, elms, mulberries and black locusts.The Asian Longhorned Beetle can be identified by its very long antenna and bullet like body.
Saw the tree down. Use a chainsaw and enlist friends and family to speed up the process. Grind the stump with the chainsaw if possible.
Position a wood chipper to dispense wood chips in a location suitable for burning. Place all the wood from the tree into the wood chipper and chip the wood. Do not leave debris behind.
Burn all the wood from the tree. Burning the wood will kill all stages of the Asian Longhorned Beetle's life cycle.
Fill a bucket with soapy water. Place the bucket under your tomato bush or vine.
Shake the tomato plant vigorously. This dislodges the tortoise beetles, drowning them in the soapy water.
Keep the beetles from returning. Shoot down the tomato plant with a strong jet of water every time you water the plant. This deters the beetles from congregating on your tomatoes.
Apply a chemical insecticidal soap intended for general insect control, such as those formulated with neem oil and available from all nurseries and garden stores. Mist the soap on all exposed surfaces of your tomato plant to kill tortoise beetles and other bugs upon contact.
Fireflies are actually a type of beetle in the family Lampyridae, with species numbering in the hundreds worldwide. Fireflies are present throughout most of the U.S. but are most prevalent in areas with high humidity. Some fireflies, such as those found in California, do not light up.
Lightning beetles are related to fireflies and belong to the family Phengodidae. Only female lightning beetles and their larva actually light up. Adult females are commonly referred to as glow worms as they stay in a worm-like form resembling larva (called larviform) even as they grow to an adult size. While most lightning beetles emit yellow light, some emit blue, red or a mixture.
Insects light up using oxygen as a catalyst to mix chemicals--calcium, adenosine triphosphate, luciferin and luciferase—present in their light-producing organs, a process known as bioluminescence. Fireflies control light by opening and closing tubes to let in oxygen, whereas lightning beetles constantly emit light. The flashes emitted by fireflies and lightning beetles attract mates and warn predators of these insect families’ characteristically bad taste.
Remove Beetles by Hand
Fill the glass jar approximately three-quarters full of warm water and add two squirts of dishwashing detergent to the water. Stir the soapy water carefully.
Take the soapy water out to your rose bushes in the early morning and pick off any beetles you find by hand. Drop the beetles directly into the soapy water.
Repeat steps one and two daily until the beetles are not infesting your rose bushes any longer.
Mix 1 tsp. of dishwashing detergent and 1 tsp. of cooking oil in the spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle to the top with warm water.
Place the cap on the spray bottle and shake it gently to incorporate the ingredients.
Spray the insecticidal soap onto the rose foliage, covering the foliage generously on every side of every leaf.
Reapply the insecticidal soap twice per week until you stop seeing beetles eating your roses.
Pour water in your bucket. Then add the dish soap. This is the base of your homemade insecticidal soap.
Drip the vegetable oil and neem oil into your bucket. Mix all of the ingredients. The vegetable oil helps the insecticidal soap stay on the tomato plant, while the neem oil works as an all-natural pesticide to kill the beetles.
Transfer your insecticidal soap to an empty spray bottle.
Spray your tomato plants with your homemade insecticidal soap. Concentrate on the leaves as this is where you will find most of the beetles.
Repeat every four to five days, or after a rainfall. This insecticide will both kill the beetles that are on the tomato plants and keep new beetles from feasting on the leaves.
Curculio is a distinctive name given to a group of weevils of the Curculionidae, or snout beetle, family. Two main types of curculio can be present in a garden or orchard.The plum curculio affects fruit trees in the early spring at the time when apples, peaches, plums and other fruits are blossoming. After feeding on the blossoms for several weeks, the plum curculio lays its eggs inside the newly formed fruit. The nut curculio attacks nut trees and, like its plum counterpart, lays its eggs inside the growing nuts.
Prevention and Control
The small size, 1/4 inch, of an adult curculio makes the beetle almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. The best form of prevention is to clean up all debris around the affected areas immediately, as these areas are where curculio beetles over winter. All fallen leaves and fruits and nuts should be burned or otherwise destroyed during the winter season.
Fruit trees; apple, apricot, cherry, plum, peach, plumcotsNut treesOaks, Walnuts and Pecans
The curculio larvae cause deformation or prematurely falling fruits and nuts before pupating in the ground surrounding the tree.
Ladybugs and lacewings can help but will not control an infestation of curculio beetles.
The use of organophosphate insecticide phosmet has been used in the past to help with the control of the curculio beetle, but its use is now frowned upon, as it is toxic to an already shrinking honeybee population.
Other Methods of Control
The plum curculio beetle will freeze in place if startled. Lay sheets beneath infected trees and shake the tree lightly to cause the beetles to fall. Gather the sheets, along with the fallen beetles, and remove from the area. Destroy the beetles by fire.
Pour 1 part ammonia to 7 parts water in a bucket. For example, 1 cup of ammonia should be mixed with 7 cups of water.
Put a funnel in the top of an empty spray bottle. Pour the ammonia mixture into the spray bottle until the bottle is full. Any excess liquid can be stored in a separate container.
Shake the bottle for 10 seconds to mix the two ingredients together.
Spray the ammonia solution directly on the Japanese beetles and any area that they occupy.
Repeat the process if the beetles come back.
The carrion flower is also known as the stinking flower. The flower is notable for its deep, reddish-brown flowers that resemble stars. The petals have a flesh-like color and have a thick, hair-like covering. But the odor is more memorable than the appearance. It's comparable to that of a rotting carcass because the plant needs to attract carrion beetles, flesh flies, blowflies and midges as pollinators.
Rafflesia arnoldii is part of the Rafflesia genus, and originates on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia. It is a rare plant that produces reddish-brown flowers. Rafflesia arnoldii can grow to be 3 feet in width and weigh more than 22 pounds. There are no roots, stems or leaves. It is often referred to as "the corpse flower" because of its strong odor, which is reminiscent of rotting flesh. The odor attracts flies as pollinators.
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
Yellow skunk cabbage is also known commonly as Western skunk cabbage and swamp lantern. It is a showy, bright yellow arum that originates in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Yellow skunk cabbage is known for its foul, distinct odor that is similar to that of a skunk.. Where the plant is grown, the strong odor will permeate; it can be detected even in dried-out and old specimens. The odor functions to attract the plant's pollinators, such as beetles and flies.
Place buckets of soapy water under the limbs you can reach and shake them. This is best done in the morning while the beetles are still sluggish. The beetles will fall into the bucket and die. Reducing the number of beetles on your tree will attract fewer beetles.
Spray an insecticide designed to kill Japanese beetles on the tree’s leaves. Spray all the leaves, including the ones that do not contain beetles or do not have damage. Pesticides that work well to kill Japanese beetles contain cyfluthrin, esfenvalerate or carbaryl. Reapply the pesticide as indicated on the label. Some need to be reapplied after two to three weeks, others after two to three days.
Set out Japanese beetle traps that attract and trap the beetles inside. Place the traps near trees or other areas of your yard that do not contain plants or trees that attract beetles. For example, silver maples, boxwoods, tulip trees and magnolia trees seldom experience Japanese beetle damage. Be aware beetle traps often attract more beetles than they eliminate, which is way you should place them away from plants.