Help Beetles are attacking my clematis !

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by whitehart, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. whitehart

    whitehart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    My beautiful clematis growing across their pen roof that gives my girls so much shade is loaded with the seasonal Virginia beetle invasion. I applied DE last night with no affect . I need something that will have quick knockdown. I'm hesitant to use Seven which we have had good luck with but that was before having chickens.
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Not sure what to advise. I can tell you we used seven on our grapes this year when jap. beetles attacked, and it didn't affect my chickens, who hang around our grapes quite a bit... [​IMG]
  3. whitehart

    whitehart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    Thanks. I'm leaning towards applying the Sevin will hold off a little while hopefully will get a consensus. We have used it in our kennel and yard around our terriers for years and it's basically marigolds which is very safe but when you read the literature it's deer in the headlights [​IMG]
  4. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Congratulations on beautiful Clematis--- I keep trying and trying to grow them.

    What about hosing the vine with water---would it knock the beetles off? Then they would fall in the run then the chickens could feast! Good luck with getting rid of them.
  5. whitehart

    whitehart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    Oh South TX it's pretty toasty and dry two strikes against clematis [​IMG]. This morning when I went out to let the girls out I took the grass rake and knocked a ton of the beetles down . Glad we don't have close by neighbors....[​IMG], many fell into the pen but my girls didn't think much of em. Must have tasted bad . We have clematis growing in our driveway I'll send you some LOL!
  6. chickenn@@b

    [email protected]@b Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    The Japanese beetles just about ate up my clematis this year. The kids had fun plucking the beetles off. I had to put up multiple traps.
  7. inohio

    inohio Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 22, 2009
    put chicken roosts w/ladder about 1/2 chicken height below the clematis... and let the girls keep their own pen clean :)
  8. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Are they those horrid red and black suckers?
  9. Chickadee55

    Chickadee55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2010
    Central Florida
    I believe Sevin dust is safe for chickens. People dust their coops and even put it on the birds to get rid of mites.
  10. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Is this just like a totally bad year for beetles of all sorts??? All my squash got eaten by beetles even after I copiously applied Seven and DE.... arghhhhh

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