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Hehe, my new potatoe bug killin machine ,,,,,


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 08:18 AM

My map gas bottle for the torch fits very nicely into the cup holder on the fender. Makes a great job. What do you think ???

Noel

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Posted July 12, 2017 - 08:32 AM

nice now all you need to do when you see one of those striped rascals is draw and shoot.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 08:35 AM

Mmmmm. Burnt bug.
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Posted July 12, 2017 - 09:07 AM

I still think your going to wrong way on this unless you have nothing else to do.  Spending half the day out riding up and down the rows burning up gas looking for one out of hundreds of potato bugs that might show up.  Spray the plants once with Tempo and be done with it till the next rain.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 10:45 AM

I'd say you're armed and dangerous,  :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Get some propane, map gas is expensive. My son has been using mine to start his weekend bonfires, little jerk :rolling:


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Lately the biologists have been castrating the male bugs and then turning them loose. Gradually they will die off with a smile.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 02:02 PM

Lately the biologists have been castrating the male bugs and then turning them loose. Gradually they will die off with a smile.

 

Look up how the screwworm has been effectively eradicated from the US, your humor isn't terribly far off the mark from reality.  :P

 

http://www.fao.org/d...0t/u4220T0a.htm


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Posted July 16, 2017 - 09:22 PM

Lately the biologists have been castrating the male bugs and then turning them loose. Gradually they will die off with a smile.


At least the little beggars are dying happy

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Posted July 16, 2017 - 09:50 PM

I'm starting to think maybe a fire extinguisher on the other fender or somewhere near by. Lol Enjoy your ideas. What model GT is the " Bug Burner"
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Posted July 17, 2017 - 03:55 AM

Hehe, thanks Jim. It's a Yardworks. Great tractor.

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Posted July 18, 2017 - 06:40 PM

The bugs haven't been too bad here till just lately this year. It has been cool and wet and I got everything planted late, so that may be why. I have used a propane torch to get rid of tent caterpillars in my fruit trees before and it works great, so I decided to give it a try on the potatoes today. It worked perfectly, just touched the red ones in the larval state with the flame and they were instantly dead with absolutely no visible damage to the plants. I only saw one adult bug, but less than a second of heat on it and it was dead. I have 4 rows, roughly 50 feet long each and it took about 5 minutes to cover all of the plants and that is walking the rows, not riding. Thanks for the idea Noel, I think this will be my potatoe bug control method from now on.

 

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Posted July 18, 2017 - 07:01 PM

I was just thinking- if you rebuilt a Red Ryder BB gun to shoot potato bugs (or Japanese beetles) and give it to your kids; they would keep the garden clean.


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Posted July 19, 2017 - 06:18 AM

Good idea Noel.  Gives you something to do while they grow.


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Posted July 22, 2017 - 09:15 PM

You need to mount one on each corner of the tractor. 


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