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Old 11-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #11
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Aw! The June Bug. I live in the bonnies, my back yard is reclaimed Horse pasture. So the Skunks and Coons can have at it. I hope they get everyone of them. Anybody ever have the pleasure of getting one of these suckers pininged off the forehead at 60 mph on a motorcycle at night? Quite an experience!
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:17 PM   #12
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Oh Canada

I pretty much knew that turf chemicals with any efficacy were verboten in many parts of Canada but thought that naming a couple of control methods for UUA folks wouldn't hurt. Trapping and relocation of skunks and coons is allowed in many municipalities down here but not all. Golf courses have quite a time with them too.
I've hit both June bugs at night and bumble bees in the day while riding a motorcycle. Knot (on your head) fun. Facemask or at least goggles good,, helmet even better in those cases.
I loaned out my two big live traps to a woman who is trying to sell her house and keep her yard nice. She got two raccoons so far. Out here in the country we practice Montana 3S control.
Shoot, shovel, shut up.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:51 PM   #13
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3. Catch and relocate the skunks and coons with live traps
We're not allowed to relocate a pest, you catch it you either let it go or you dispose of it.

A covered Havahart & baloney works for catching. Caught 5 of them a few years back.
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Old 11-17-2016, 02:56 PM   #14
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I know you can't use it in Canada, but I've found Bifenthrin 25% works very well on beetles, grubs, chinch bugs, even fire ants which are a real problem here. After they banned Diazinon, most insect controls went to a water based or organic solution. Thing is, they simply don't work, or they work for a week, forcing you to reapply frequently. The Bifenthrin lasts the whole season.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:39 PM   #15
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Yup. I've researched the chafer and controls on the District of North Vancouver website. Illegal to use chemicals and natural controls don't work at all until mid-July, so there is nothing to do, other than put the sod back as best I can. Doing nothing suits me.
Or, remove the lawn and install decorative stone with contrasting shrubs. Bonus, it does not need mowing.
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #16
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Somehow, stones and gravel doesn't seem right. A guy in New Westminster paved his front yard and painted it green.
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I know you can't use it in Canada, but I've found Bifenthrin 25% works very well on beetles, grubs, chinch bugs, even fire ants which are a real problem here. After they banned Diazinon, most insect controls went to a water based or organic solution. Thing is, they simply don't work, or they work for a week, forcing you to reapply frequently. The Bifenthrin lasts the whole season.
I am currently using Avalon by ProKoz as my Bifenthrin source. A gallon is about $60 and lasts me a long time. I make a few spray rings around the house. I used to get it on a granular on potassium 0-0-7 then as a light fertilizer on Nitrogen from E C Grow but they quit making it. As a licensed applicator I can get it for my personal use. I have a $1 million personal liability to help keep me out of trouble and post the application. I was also licensed as a nuisance wildlife control operator but let that lapse but still have a lot of equipment. I had a number of those kind of certificates when I was superintendent for a 4,000 acre municipal park system mowing 975 acres of parks and 4 golf courses. 3 18s and 9 hole.
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Or, remove the lawn and install decorative stone with contrasting shrubs. Bonus, it does not need mowing.
Can't make myself do that. Got to dance with the one that brought me.
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I parked the mower and have a crew that comes twice a month to "mow, trim, blow and go".
I timed them once. They arrived at 3pm and left at 3:11pm.
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I parked the mower and have a crew that comes twice a month to "mow, trim, blow and go".
I timed them once. They arrived at 3pm and left at 3:11pm.
Same here. I actually enjoy doing yard work, but I don't usually have the time. The crew comes in and they're gone before we know it.
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