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Is this 'The Year of the Bug' ?

Posted by trant z6 NY (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 7, 04 at 23:22

you know that Chinese Horoscope... I think this year is the year of the bug.

Early in the season a wave of leafhoppers raided my lettuce, spinach, parsley and swiss chard. I spent alot fo time squishing them by hand and I cut down the population considerably. Then the leafminers came, destroyed countless swiss chard leaves and spinach leaves. The the flea beetles in numbers I've never seen before, poking holes in my tomatoes. Now I'm finding some aphids on the underside of some tomatoes. AM I just really unluckly this year, or is there something about the year that is a really big catalyst for bugs? I'm leaning towards the latter, because the former would suggest alot of beneficial bugs to counter these pests!

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RE: Is this 'The Year of the Bug' ?

Don't feel bad Trant.
I'm not having much luck this year either. I've had a lot of problems with the leaf hoppers this year and to top it off these little green caterpillars distroyed my two beautiful Azalea bushes this year. The bushes were literally moving there were so many of them . I spent all day picking them off and drowning them in a bucket of water. I have no clue why but the bugs are taking over my yard this year!

RE: Is this 'The Year of the Bug' ?

oh sorry bout the azaleas.. I had a bunch of rhododendron I planted last year which got severely attacked by all sorts of caterpillars and weevils. this year I'm taking an aggressive stance and checking them daily- been killing a good number of some soft green caterpillars trying to feed on new leaf growth. I'm defending their vulnerable new growths with everythign I got!

RE: Is this 'The Year of the Bug' ?

  • Posted by dian57 M-H Valley NY-5 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 10, 04 at 6:54

My experience with the Hudson Valley is that it alternates between The Year of the Mosquito and The Year of the Fly. Since I replaced my shredded bark mulch around my hostas with pine needles, I haven't had a slug problem . . . yet.

What I'm noticing an increase in lately is those tiny No-See-Um bugs that fly up your nose and into your mouth. Yuck.

Right now I'm enjoying that, unlike last year, it isn't raining every day and we finally have what we can call a spring season.

RE: Is this 'The Year of the Bug' ?

I've heard slugs don't like travelling over rough textures. A gardening show recommended mulch made from nut hulls. Haven't seen any in the area, but then, I wasn't really looking.

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