May Beetle Fight
An integrated approach is important here since the application of anyone’s method is often ineffective.
1. Collection of Larvae
In late autumn and winter, the larvae of the May beetle burrow into the ground to a depth of 2 m, so it becomes difficult to reach them. And in late spring and summer, they crawl to the surface of the soil to be closer to solar heat. And if you take a shovel and dig in the wet cloudy weather to a depth of 20-30 cm, there will be many larvae on the surface that will be easy to collect and destroy. It will not be possible to exterminate all pests, but their number will decrease significantly.
2. Planting Helper Plants
May Khrushchev hate nitrogen. Therefore, in clown circles of trees and around the perimeter of the garden, it is recommended to sow white clover.
Nodule bacteria form on the roots of this plant, which absorb nitrogen from the air and make it available to other crops. Nitrogen accumulating in the soil causes the larvae to find a more comfortable habitat.
In addition, the smell of elderberry, lupine and cruciferous crops scares off bugs and larvae. Plant these plants in your area, and close the cabbage leaves into the soil on the beds.
3. The attraction of Insectivorous Birds and Animals
Starlings, rooks, and blackbirds do not mind eating not only larvae but also adult beetles. By building a birdhouse in your garden, you will not only provide the starlings with comfortable housing but also protect the plants on your site from pests.
Hedgehogs will also be great helpers in the fight against May Khrushchev.
4. Watering the Soil With Infusion of Onion Husks
Opponents of “chemistry” like to use this folk method. 1/3 fill the bucket with husk, pour warm water to the brim and leave it for 5 days. After this time, dilute the infusion with water in a ratio of 1: 1 and, in warm weather, water the soil on the beds and in near-stem circles of trees and shrubs.
5. Trap Placement
Self-made traps are quite effective against adult beetles. Take a 2 L plastic bottle, cut off its upper part (5-7 cm). In the walls of the container, make 4 holes (from different sides), pull the rope through them. Pour kvass, sour stewed fruit or any fermented jam diluted with water into this bottle and hang it on a fruit tree branch. Check the trap regularly and destroy the pests that have got into it.
May bugs are attracted to light, and this fact can be effectively used. Place an old bucket or basin in the area, coat its bottom with solid oil or any other viscous mixture. Align the flashlight in the center of the tank (for example, on a solar panel). During the night, many bugs that have flown into the light will perish in the galley.
You can also fight bugs by shaking them off a tree. It is best to do this daily in the morning and / or evening at an air temperature of about 15 ° C.
6. Mulching the Soil
To make it more difficult for females to penetrate the soil for laying eggs, the soil must be mulched with wood shavings, chopped straw, chopped bark or other materials.
7. the Use of Industrial Preparations
When planting plants in open ground, as well as in tree-trunk circles and row-spacing of beds with already growing garden crops, any of the modern insecticides – Bazudin, Aktellik – must be repaired in the soil. Nemabakt is especially popular among summer residents, as it is a biological product that is safe for the environment, humans, and pets.
If possible, use all of the above methods to combat the May bug – and you will be able to protect your green pets from this gluttonous insect.