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Any gardeners here ? black beetles

VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
edited June 2013 in The cake stop
I cut down one of the side gardens today with a rotovator, the weeds were around 2ft high and covering around 2/3rd of an acre.
Once I had cut down the main foliage I noticed loads of black beetles, around half inch long in the garden, they were all over the place. Are these dangerous or a problem I need to sort ?
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  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    Google Vine Beetles.

    If you've got these, they can ruin new plants and existing ones.
  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    If its the common black beetle they are no real problem, can actually be quite good for the garden as the will eat slugs other pests.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 7,594
    If its these...http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OSkC2Pjj-pE

    You may have a problem
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  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    I dont think they are vine beetles as these ones are jet black and shiny.
    After the moving the birds were round like flies round shiatsu.
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  • team47bteam47b Posts: 6,424
    VTech wrote:
    I cut down one of the side gardens today with a rotovator, the weeds were around 2ft high and covering around 2/3rd of an acre.
    Once I had cut down the main foliage I noticed loads of black beetles, around half inch long in the garden, they were all over the place. Are these dangerous or a problem I need to sort ?

    They weren't a problem until you destroyed their habitat, now they will have to go somewhere else :D

    300 species of common ground beetles alone in UK, so identification could be a problem.

    but well done for upsetting so many so easily, you must have a natural ability I suppose :wink:
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  • random manrandom man Posts: 1,514
    VTech wrote:
    I cut down one of the side gardens today with a rotovator, the weeds were around 2ft high and covering around 2/3rd of an acre.
    Once I had cut down the main foliage I noticed loads of black beetles, around half inch long in the garden, they were all over the place. Are these dangerous or a problem I need to sort ?

    In a garden that big a few beetles won't be a problem. But if you'd come across a herd of wildebeest in all that vegetation, you may have had an issue :wink:
  • rhextrhext Posts: 1,639
    Surprised you don't leave that kind of stuff to your peasants to worry about!
  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    rhext wrote:
    Surprised you don't leave that kind of stuff to your peasants to worry about!

    Normally I would but ive got them working on the new swimming pool block.
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  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    In all probability some kind of ground beetle. Hundreds of them to choose from, invariably the gardener's friend since they eat smaller insects and molluscs.

    You'd be very unlikely to spot vine weevil adults, they are very well camouflaged and move slowly or play dead. I should know, I spent the best part of 10 years working with the little [email protected]
  • keef66 wrote:
    In all probability some kind of ground beetle. Hundreds of them to choose from, invariably the gardener's friend since they eat smaller insects and molluscs.

    You'd be very unlikely to spot vine weevil adults, they are very well camouflaged and move slowly or play dead. I should know, I spent the best part of 10 years working with the little [email protected]

    Vine weevils are brownish and pure evil - catch them at night when they are active - hold an umbrella under the plant and shake the plant they play dead fall in and you can kill them at your leisure. This stuff also is supposed to work

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Armillatox-So ... vi-content

    They can't advertise it as an insecticide but inside the bottle wrapping there is a leaflet which tells you how to dilute it and use it as a root drench and its supposed to kill the weevil eggs.
  • keef66 wrote:
    In all probability some kind of ground beetle. Hundreds of them to choose from, invariably the gardener's friend since they eat smaller insects and molluscs.

    You'd be very unlikely to spot vine weevil adults, they are very well camouflaged and move slowly or play dead. I should know, I spent the best part of 10 years working with the little [email protected]

    Vine weevils are brownish and pure evil - catch them at night when they are active - hold an umbrella under the plant and shake the plant they play dead fall in and you can kill them at your leisure. This stuff also is supposed to work

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Armillatox-So ... vi-content

    They can't advertise it as an insecticide but inside the bottle wrapping there is a leaflet (or here http://www.armillatox.com/) which tells you how to dilute it and use it as a root drench and its supposed to kill the weevil eggs.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,588
    If you played chess, you would understand the Beatles. If you understood the Beatles, you would play chess.

    Wots u need is some Rhubarb leaves. Chop them up and put them in a bucket with water with a lid on it. Stir occasionally for a week to ten days. It stinks. It is foul. It is the most putrid substance known in the universe (especially in warm weather). Draw off the liquid. Put the liquid into an old Windowlene bottle or similar and spray it liberally. Greenfly, aphids and beatles hate it. it won't kill them but it will send them away.

    They all have a place in the whole scheme of things so do not use insecticide.

    Beatles 1 - Vtech 0. That'll teach ya for digging holes everywhere.
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  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,523
    let me be the first to say that i, for one, welcome our new coleopteran overlords
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    I've got cockchafers
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  • goonzgoonz Posts: 3,106
    2/3 of an acre????

    I presume thats just your side alleyway area right?
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  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    goonz wrote:
    2/3 of an acre????

    I presume thats just your side alleyway area right?

    its more like a veranda area. I let the dog stroll this part of the garden.
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  • bernithebikerbernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Seeing as we have a gardening thread going, how about a bit of topiary;

    Before;



    and after;



    By the way, I think your beetles are harmless - we have have loads like that here.
  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    If thats your bush, its nicely trimmed.
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,417
    VTech wrote:
    If thats your bush, its nicely trimmed.

    Is that your best pick up line?
  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    Im getting old :)
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  • bernithebikerbernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Ballysmate wrote:
    VTech wrote:
    If thats your bush, its nicely trimmed.

    Is that your best pick up line?

    Ouch! Walked right into that one!
  • Ballysmate wrote:
    VTech wrote:
    If thats your bush, its nicely trimmed.

    Is that your best pick up line?

    If she had a bush like that I'd give it a wide berth...ya don't know what would be in there
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 7,594
    I prefer a more drastic approach to topiary

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