help with grubs

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  1. cem

    cem Happy Lurker

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    We have started our winter garden in a spot where our chicken cage was removed. The soil is already fertilized with chicken poo and rabbit droppings. The only problem is, the soil is full of dead large green flying beetles and live grubs (which I think came from the beetles). Will my plants be ok or do I need to treat the soil?
     
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    they are said to have a nutty flavor when lightly roasted .
    high in protien but also a bit high on fat , I personally prefer sugar ants :rolleyes:
    there are chemicals that target grubs but they tend to be hazardous.
    not sure what you would use organicly maybe red pepper not many bugs like pepper
     

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    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Milky spore.

    You apply it to the lawn. We used a drop spreader like some folks use for fertilizer. The application directions are on the bag.

    It's not an immediate fix, but the milky spore multiplies in your soil and kills off the grubs with no damage to beneficials or to soil health.

    After a few years, you really notice the difference.

    Pony!
     
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    Thank you for all the info.
     
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    Japanese beatles are the same color so check them closely. They are very destructive.
     
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    sooo that's what they are! I seem to have them (green fruit beetles) here in NE West Virginia...are they "lost"? :rolleyes:
     
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    Bee, you do indeed have them there. Note my previous reply which stated "originally". Their range has expanded and most of that expansion can be laid on gardeners compost piles. "Build it and they will come!"

    Martin