Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Beetles Suck

Hi all!!!

Well, it is Thankful Thursday!!!



Today I am joining Rebecca Jo and I am going to tell you what I am NOT thankful for!!!

I am SO stinking angry! I planted five basil plants and the dang japanese beetles ate EVERY ONE them! They chomped on all the leaves and left this icky black stuff all over ALL the plants! They were so destroyed I have to rip them all out! I am so angry!!

They are SO super gross!!


There is nothing I love more than fresh basil to enjoy throughout the summer! UGH!

I purchased a bug bag on Amazon and I plan to run my the plant store to see if anyone has basil plants left to purchase.

I will hang my beetle bag and re-plant hoping the beetles will leave them alone and get stuck in the beetle bag.

Anyone out there in blog land have tips for me!?!? Obviously I cannot spray anything since I eat the basil...please help!

Thanks in advance for any tips you have on keeping Japanese beetles away!?!?!?!

And...in closing...I am thankful for all of you, my family, friends, my pets, my home and never having to struggle to  find something to eat. Basically thankful for EVERYTHING in my life today EXCEPT the stinkin' beetles!

HELP!

24 comments:

  1. yuck! Nature is disgusting lol

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    1. Agreed Julie! HA! At least some it is...that is for sure! ICK and UGH!!! Have a fantastic week!

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  2. I'm sorry about your basil plants. Bugs do love to destroy our gardens.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Thanks Sandee!! They are super gross and annoying! I hope you have a great day too!

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  3. UGHHHH - those things give me the heebie jeebies :( Hope the next time around, those little critters stay far away!!!

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    1. Me too Rebecca Jo! It is so frustrating!!! I had to dig out the plants and throw them all away! UGH! Makes me angry and sad! Thanks for the good vibes and thanks for hosting!

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  4. Yuck on the beetles! Sorry they ate your basil! A friend of mine has planted geraniums nearby her herbs. They are attracted to the geraniums which has something in the blossoms that make the beetles dizzy and drop off so you can sweep them away.

    Thankful for many things today!

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    1. I may have to try the geranium thing...I would hate to give them five new plants to eat! Thanks for the tip! Have a great day Robin!

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  5. oh wow, that really stinks. Hope you find some new plants and they stay away from them.

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    1. Me too Ann, me too! So super frustrated! Have a great day!

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  6. Make sure to hang your bag away from your plants. You want to draw the beetles away, not toward them. We don't have a lot of beetles this year but I just saw something is starting on my pepper plants. Going to have to do something about that...and just when they are starting to get blossoms!

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    1. It is so frustrating Stacy! I completely understand! I am los8ing my mind as I fear it is a losing battle! UGH!!!! Good luck on yours!

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  7. Wow, I am so sorry to hear that. Hopefully, they will not come back.

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    1. Fingers crossed Patrick but I am no0t very hopeful on this one! HA!

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  8. I was alarmed by the headline, thinking you were about to start WWIII with criticism of the former pop group.

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    1. LOL - never! I thought that as I posted too Andrew - no, I love those Beetles!!! HA HA!

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  9. That would bug me too. Pardon the pun! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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    1. LOL! Good one even if I am not in the laughing mood! HA!

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  10. Oh my, that's crazy. Darn bug!!! Hope you can find some more to plant.

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    1. I replanted but I am not very hopeful at this point! UGH!

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  11. Get a kind of big spray bottle and a bar of Ivory soap.

    Or you could get a pressurized sprayer if you have a lot of plants especially roses but you'll need more Ivory soap.

    Make certain to get Ivory. Vegetables do not need deodorant protection.

    Cut the soap into pieces. Put them in the spray bottle. Add water.

    Might want to give it a day for the soap to dissolve.

    Spray the plants.

    I think your bagging the basil in mesh as you suggested and then spraying nearby plants is a better idea so "collateral damage" is avoided.

    And always wash vegetables and fruits. One time there were deer in the yard trying to get apples from the tree. They'd eaten all of the low-hanging apples so couldn't quite reach. Kind of like bobbing for apples at Halloween.

    Mmmm. Deer spit. Yummy.

    Also, are there different bug-resistant basil? Is basil one of those things that can be planted with whatever it is that insects avoid? (Lemongrass?) For synergistic effect?

    Good luck, pal.

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    1. I tried planting the new ones next to a geranium as beetles do not like them...so far, not looking very hopeful :-(

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    1. Ewwww is right Linda! Ewwwww and ick and ugh!

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