An idea for this is to buy locally grown shrubs. If you are in an area that doesn't currently have an out break of these beetles and bring in a shrub with an infestation, well. You should burn the infested shrub instead of just putting it on a brush pile. The eggs will still hatch and if there are any wild Vibs. nearby, the infestation will spread. There are resistant spp. of Vibs. but, they are non-native. This may be important to some.
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From: Michele Patenaude<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 9:42 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Viburnum
Early in January, someone suggested high bush cranberry (Viburnum
trilobum)as a shrub that attracts birds. I would suggest against
planting this and any other viburnums. I planted one of these shrubs a
two years ago and it was immediately attacked by virburnum leaf beetles.
I took the appropriate countermeasures of removing the larvae and, in
fall, snipping off the branches where the female adults laid eggs. The
bush was smaller after the snipping than when I first planted it. Last
spring the beetles completely skeletonized the shrub again. Finally I
gave up and dug the shrub out and put it on my brush pile.
This is a new pest but a very difficult one. Information about this pest
can be found at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/vlb/id.html<http://www.hort.cornell.edu/vlb/id.html>
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, Vermont 05401
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