Are Japanese beetles from traps ok or are they poisoned?

bprestin

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Well, I've been going around with a pan with a little cooking oil in it and knocking Japanese beetles into it - then when I get a bunch I sprinkle them in for the chickens. A friend of mine saw that I was doing it and said she's got 2 full bags of them in traps but her husband thought the beetles in the traps were poisoned? I'm wondering if anyone knows? I thought it was just pheromones to attract the beetles and then they fell into the bag? But maybe there is a poison in the bag?
 

bprestin

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https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/japanese-beetle-trap-zmaz06jjzsto

Here's some interesting information.

I catch the :duc Japanese Beetles for my chickens similar to how you do it. When I say, "Bugs," they know what's coming and head for the door of the run!
Interesting! I asked my friend if her husband put something in the bag to poison them because if he didn't add anything I think they just get attracted to the pheromones and fall into the bag and then you'd have to kill them when you got rid of them.
 

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When it comes to JBs, I am out for cold blooded revenge! They killed my hazelnut trees a few years ago when they were really bad. I didn't have chickens back then...
 

bprestin

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ok, my friend said nothing was added to the bag but she did spray her sunflowers with a pesticide... What do you all think? Should I get her bags of beetles and feed them to my chickens?
 

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Well if they have been in contact with the sunflowers I'd give them a super good rinse first since most pesticides are contact killers not injestion killers.
Might want to find out exactly what she sprayed first to be on the safe side.:)
ok, my friend said nothing was added to the bag but she did spray her sunflowers with a pesticide... What do you all think? Should I get her bags of beetles and feed them to my chickens?
 

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