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Old 04-14-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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"Oh wait, I have had to use an exterminator in the fall for JAPANESE BEETLES. Get an exterminator to spray the outside of your house and every nook and cranny outside your house and all around the windows and doorways inside your house in the fall, before the weather gets cold. Otherwise, you might just have thousands, and I do mean THOUSANDS, of those little critters spending their winters inside your nice, warm home."

Western NY got hit with these beetles at least 5 years ago. They look like ladybugs, but are more orange than red. Every house and office in our area is full of them now - dozens, not thousands. You hear them hit the lightbulbs or windows once in a while, then find the carcuses nearby. They don't bother me, but are a relatively new species to our area.
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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Default June bugs

Does Eastern TN get June bugs? I think they're a type of aphid. They live in the ground, then crawl out at dusk and buzz around your head and get caught in your hair. They're the only bug that gives me the creepy crawlies.
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I have heard a few since I have been here, but not seen any. They are more to our south in the Western part of NC. They are not only creepy, they are LOUD!
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:21 PM
 
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JMT, I was wondering the same thing as Bones. We find some ladybugs in our the house in the winter. One time ( either spring or fall) it seemed our screens were covered with them, and we've always found a few since then.
On the other hand, we do get Japanese beatles, but never in the house. They actually lay their eggs in the ground, and appear in the early summer. They're voracious, and can completely devour the leaves off a tree or shrub (they seem to prefer the flowering varieties, like our plum and cherry trees) in a matter of days. You can spray the leaves directly so they ingest the toxins, and there are other sprays that you can apply directly on them when you find them on plants. Finally, there are little plastic bags that are attached to lures (supposedly replicate a hormone I think) that they fall into and can't get out of. We've had such a problem with these beatles that we've filled up several bags a month with thousands of beatles. All they seem to do is eat and have sex (look at the plants; you'll find several of them on top of one another, like a Roman orgy Only use the lures/bags if you're property is already overrun by the beatles; otherwise you'll be attracting them from all over the neighborhood
That's it! I've heard them called Japanese beatles as well as Asian ladybugs. The exterminator I used called them Japanese beatles; he said that it's illegal to kill ladybugs in Tennessee (I think it's the state insect or something), that's why he calls them beatles. I thought that was funny.

Anyway, they look like ladybugs but they're brown instead of red. And yes, they swarm all over the place! And for some reason your house might be infested with them but your neighbor's house might be left alone.

The first winter I was here, I had to keep a vacuum cleaner with a hose extension in my living room, and every day when I'd come home from work there would be a few dozen of them crawling around the ceiling. Then I'd do the same thing when I woke up in the morning. And they pretty much stay on the side of the house facing the sun, where it's warmest.

I set off a bug bomb inside my house, but that didn't keep them out of the house. It just meant that every day I'd vacuum a few dozen DEAD ladybugs instead of live ones, especially on the windowsills.

So you really need to get your house sprayed in the fall BEFORE the first cold snap; at the first cold snap they come inside your house's frame, and then it's too late.

Oh, one more thing. The exterminator told me of a way you can kill them in the summer that doesn't involve poison. Buy one of those attachments for your garden hose that allows the water to mix with something before the water sprays. I hope that makes sense. Put some dish washing liquid in the attachment. Spray it all over the bushes and all around the windows where those ladybugs/beatles are swarming. The dish washing liquid will coat the ladybugs/beatles so that they can't fly. They fall to the ground and eventually die. You'll have to repeat it every few days or so until most of them are dead. That should help.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Oh, wow! This is hilarious! I could not, for the life of me, figure out what people were referring to when they said Asian ladybugs. JAPANESE BEETLES! Isn't it funny how we called them different things in different parts of the country?

And yes, the ladybug AND the firefly are the state insects. Lovely bugs, as far as bug go!
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:07 AM
 
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Speaking of insects... are there a lot of fireflies in Middle TN?
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:35 AM
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Location: Tampa Bay
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Do you think that Middle TN has more than its share of tornadoes. Some research puts it at a higher average but I haven't seen any data supporting a big tornado for years.

I also hear that the towns pretty much shut down for two days during snow falls. Is this accurate?
We get very little snow here. I think we got about a half inch for the entire season here. They do go into panic mode around here when they mentioned snow....LOL, just like when they mentioned hurricanes in Florida which we can remember when we lived in Fort Myers. We don't get a lot of snow, so it is a novelty when it does happen. This year so far we have not had any real severe weather that produced many if any tornadoes that I can remember. As I mentioned in my previous post your horses will love the weather here as well as the lush green pastures. Our horse is so much more frisky and seems to enjoy his new home. If you need any help about anything please just ask.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in TN
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Lots of fireflies. Charming and delightful.

If you're coming north from Florida, the bugs here will not bother you. They do their job and don't go out of their way to freak people out like they do in Florida.

We moved to middle TN about 18 months ago. Just about every single day I have a moment where I stop and reflect about how glad I am that we made the move. Sometimes it's a gladness reflected in how weird things have become in Florida with the high homeowners' insurance rates and the deflation of the housing market there, but usually it's because of specific things we found in middle TN. Genuinely nice people, gorgeous landscapes. If you travel from Florida to middle TN and end up coming north on 111 from Chattanooga, it will take your breath away. I was astonished. Good weather. Snow once in a while. The pace here in Cookeville is just slower than in Florida. It's been better for the children and despite some challenges for my husband and I, it's also been better for us. The children are so thankful that we made this move, and when we did it, they were going into 11th and 8th grades.

It's not all sunshine and roses, of course, nothing ever is. Overall, though, it's been quite wonderful to have moved to a place because we chose to and not because circumstances forced us into it. Delightful.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default So what is wrong with it

That brings me to my other question. From everything I have seen, heard, and researched TN is the perfect place. So without starting a negative thread, can you tell me what are the things that you don't like? Compared to Florida, TN has everything we miss and wanted to see (such as snow, but not too much, and mountain views, no alligators, etc.). What are the drawbacks that you have noticed or experienced since the move?

I know it can't be as perfect as it seems. I just don't want any surprises when I get there. ya know what I mean. Thanks again for all your wonderful responses. I am feeling so much better about our decision now.

You guys are great
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in TN
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Hmm, let me think. OH, I know one. The sales tax rate is ridiculous. Here in Cookeville it's 9.75%. Where we lived in FL it was 6.5%. I try to just tell myself that it's only 3.25% different. And they tax groceries, mostly. Weird.

Also, this is the part of the world where ladies will cut someone down but preface it with, "Bless her heart...." That is somewhat disconcerting until you put it into perspective. That's not just a TN thing, though. GA and SC and NC too. Probably AL and MS and LA as well.

Also, they don't make spinach and onion calzones around here.

That's pretty much it.
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