Last year we moved to a house with a concrete garden so started growing flowers and veggies in pots. How? To accept and hide this message click the cross on the right. It looks like some sort of liquid is oozing from the joints on the steps. The larvae are called rookworms, because rooks are said to be particularly fond of them. Simply click here to return to Garden pests and garden diseases. Stay up to date with the British pest management sector and join our free Affiliate Scheme. softybabe one merlot then two.... May 10, 2009 #2 Maggot said: Saw my first one of the year today. These usually inhabit forests or crop lands in UK and Europe. There are many species of scarab beetles, some of which are called cockchafers or May bugs. But the population of Cockchafers was decimated in the 20th century by the introduction of pesticides. Control for cockchafers by: ~ Megan There are many species of scarab beetles, some of which are called cockchafers or May bugs. Rabbits. In 1320, the city of Avignon, in southern France, put the Cockchafer on trial and banished them. Then get up at dawn(! How to get rid of Cockchafers. Instead they use biological methods – adding pathogenic fungi or nematodes to the soil, which will kill May bug grubs. Any advice of how to control or preferably get rid of the following pests: caterpillars, curl grubs (cockchafers/beetle larvae) and snails. The Cockchafer has long been a source of fascination for children. A similar game is reported in Victorian England, when children would stick a pin through a wing to create a similar effect. The problem of crop damage still remains, however, and currently there are no pesticides licensed for Cockchafer management. About Me  | Contact Me  |  Site Map  |  Newsletter  |  Website Policies Buy now . The adult is 20 to 25mm long with a heavily built brown body and wing cases with the tip of the abdomen bent downwards. The male of the species has seven leaves on each antenna, whereas the female has only six. ), remove the cover and allow the dawn chorus to deal with the problem for you! It's easy to do. So, when you next see a May bug, doodlebug, chovy or Billy witch, remember – however alarming it may look, it isn’t a cockroach, it isn’t going to sting you, and while it may do some damage to your garden, it won’t harm you. Buy now. Learn pest management from industry professionals with a training course or qualification from BPCA. Copyright© 2008-2020 All Rights Reserved. For example, with bed bugs we now use a combination of residual insecticide and a diatomaceous insecticide – a natural rock that when ingested by the insects dehydrates them. It’s just part of our commitment to the environment. In this way, we are not only effective at removing the problem, but also, we are greatly reducing the amount of chemicals left in the environment. This wasn’t such a problem as they have, at various times, been considered a delicacy. My new garden is only 3 years old and I had many compliments but now it seems to be dying before my very eyes. I believe that my lawn is infested with cockchafers (also called scarab beetles or May bugs) which will inevitably mean that the lawn will have to be dug up or whats left of it.The thing is I paid alot of money to have tanalised beams installed to create a terraced effect and they seem to be suffering as well. Anyone else seen any? Thread starter Maggot; Start date May 10, 2009; Maggot The Cake of Liberty. How? By the 1970s, some areas had seen their populations nearly extinct. They are mainly nocturnal, and like many insect species, they are attracted to lights, ask any moth trapper. If you and all the people on your estate, concreted over every piece of land, on the estate, you still wouldn't get rid of them all. These are a big problem for us on the farm. I have thee lave in my tubs and have lost my hardy fuchsias, they have eaten all the roots, Sustainable Gardening & Eco Living Articles, Join in and write your own page! It has been a strange start to the year. The species M. pectoralis looks similar, but its pygidium is rounded. When they didn’t leave, apparently no-one thought to translate the court-ruling into Cockchaferese, there were collected and killed. The engineer, Nikola Tesla, recalls a childhood experiment where he caught four Cockchafers and, harnessing them in a similar fashion, created an ‘engine’. When they didn’t leave, apparently no-one thought to translate the court-ruling into Cockchaferese, there were collected and killed. 4A Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8GX. The May bug or doodlebug - Latin name Melolontha melolontha – known as the Spang beetle and Billy witch in Suffolk and the chovy, mitchamador, kittywitch or midsummer dor in Norfolk, is actually the Common Cockchafer. Use a trained professional pest controller. It's easy to do. This was considered a major problem. French recipes exist from the 19th century, giving instructions on how to make Cockchafer soup and in 1920s Germany, the newspaper, Fulda, reported children eating sugar-coated Cockchafers. Male cockchafers have seven "leaves" on their antennae, whereas the females have only six.. Miracle-Gro® All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food. You can often see cockchafers on May evenings buzzing around the garden, which is why they are often known as the 'May bug'. May 10, 2009 #1 Saw my first one of the year today. Miracle-Gro® All Purpose Soluble Plant Food. I dread to think how this beast manages to fly! by valerie At Cleankill we have always seen pest control as something that requires an ‘green’ agenda. (Hastings England). Having problems with Cockchafers? However, as people started to understand the dangers of pesticides – residues entering the food-chain and insect resistance – and usage has decreased, the numbers have slowly recovered. Miracle-Gro® EverGreen® Water Soluble Lawn Food. What's New Blog  | Could this be Cockchafers as well.I have tried everything I can think of but nothing works. The most likely scarab species found in mid to northern areas of USA is the European chafer also called June bug. Then count yourself lucky, as in southern Germany is another type of Cockchafer, called the Large Cockchafer. Registered in England and Wales 1641661. It is too easy to liberally spray chemicals around, but there is always a knock-on effect. Between the 3 of these little sods, nearly everything died or just got eaten. The cockchafer should not be confused with the similar European chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis), which has a completely different life cycle, nor with the June beetles (Phyllophaga spp. Although I should say that I live in Australia. Close windows if you leave lights on at night, or proof open windows with insect screens. Apart for the danger of ‘collateral damage’, we can’t always guarantee only the pest insects will take the bait, using the wrong amounts of many chemicals will just lead to a tolerance build-up in the pest. The most likely scarab species found in mid to northern areas of USA is the European chafer also called June bug. Cockchafers have a voracious appetite and were considered a major problem for agriculture. They would still turn up attracted in from the surrounding area. 4A Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8GX. Once you have seen a flying May bug you won’t forget it; especially if one gets caught in your electric fly killer! Despite a rather formidable appearance, the May bug is harmless and is only a minor agricultural/amenity pest. In 1320, the city of Avignon, in southern France, put the Cockchafer on trial and banished them. © British Pest Control Association. We find a double dose of fertilizer reduces dammage significantly. As May slowly draws to a close, I have only just seen my first May bug. Simply click here to return to. Cockchafers, AKA Maybugs. The way many pest controllers have traditionally dealt with this problem is to just use more and more chemicals, but we’ve worked hard at trying to effectively target pesticides to reduce their usage and started to use traditional and environmentally responsible methods. Close windows if you leave lights on at night, or proof open windows with insect screens. Large blundering insects are also known as May-bugs which are attracted to artificial light and fly into houses or collide with windows on warm evenings in May and June. Be a part of the UK's leading trade association for the pest control industry. Happy with the service you've received from us. In the past, Cockchafers were numerous around Europe – in 1911, 20 million individuals were collected from an 18km-squared piece of woodland. Any suggestions? New Related articles. Use a trained professional pest controller. What makes these beetles stand out, apart from the seemingly impossible feat of them being able to fly, are their unusual fanned antennae. The male uses these antennae to detect pheromones, meaning he can find a mate even in the dark. Buy now. Cockchafers have a voracious appetite and were considered a major problem for agriculture. The Royal Navy has had four HMS Cockchafers in its history and before that hired another eight-gun lugger named Cockchafer. In Ancient Greece, it is described as a common practice for boys to catch a Cockchafer, tie a linen thread to its feet and then enjoy it flying in circles.