Originally Posted by Avatard
Never saw them before in 15 years on the river.
First time last Summer MF early August. They were first noticed that they had infiltrated at Broken Oar. Multiplied by Fly and terrible at Solitude
This year is definately a rescrew the lid and select a site away from the creepy crawlies. I think at least that could keep them from multiplying. Maybe that and a raid bomb.
Maybe even on a boat!!! Some of those things were turd sized by the time we reached the cleaning station. Disgusting!!!
I found the fact that you had them on the middle fork interesting because I went down last Aug 6-11 and we didn't have any problems with them. And believe me after that lower salmon trip I was on guard about the whole deal. They were definitely down in the lower canyon area of the lower salmon and apparently on the lower canyon of the snake as well.
I initially wondered if I would have put some blue goo in at the beginning if the beetles would still have been attracted to the groover. I think the only thing that would have kept them out would have been to place the lid on the groover everytime. I have the RiverBank system and placing the lid in place would seal them out, you probably wouldn't even have to turn the metal fasteners, just push down and get a decent seal. I did a little research and found that dung beetles prefer the dung of omnivores that enjoy a mixed diet of meat and vegetable matter, in fact they find it irresistible. The beetle is possibly a tiger beetle of some kind. I attached a photo from a scientific study. The beetles I encountered were the black and bright orange ones in the photo. The way scientists were able to capture the beetles was to place omnivorous waste in a bucket and the beetles showed up, go figure.