Asked by: Anabel Andreini
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th January, 2020

Where does Milky Spore come from?

Domain: Bacteria

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In this regard, what is milky spore made of?

Milky spore has been around for decades and was the first biological disease to control Japanese beetle grubs. Milky spore comes in a powder and consists of a bacteria. The first reason not to use milky spore is that it was manufactured to control ONLY Japanese beetle grubs.

Likewise, how long does it take for milky spore to be effective? Milky Spore begins working as soon as it is applied as long as grubs are feeding. Once grubs are infected they will multiply the Spore by several billion times and spread it further. In warm climates good control can occur in one to three years. In colder areas like New England, three to five years.

Regarding this, is milky spore harmful to humans?

Milky spore disease is specific for Japanese beetles and it won't harm humans, other animals or plants. It is safe to use on lawn and ornamental plants as well as vegetable gardens. There is no risk of contamination due to runoff into bodies of water, and you can use it near wells.

Does milky spore kill all grubs?

Milky Spore targets and kills Japanese beetle grubs, a familiar destructive pest, before they can grow into adult beetles. In areas treated by Milky Spore, Japanese beetle grub eat the spores during their normal feeding patterns. Then the spores reproduce inside the grub, eventually killing grub within 7-21 days.

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