Saying goodbye to Japanese Beetles

Gardening can be a fun and relaxing enjoyment.  However, it is definitely NOT enjoying when Japanese beetles decide to munch away on your garden harvest.  Let’s talk about ways to get rid of these annoying little pests.

Luckily, there are natural predators that will help to thin out your beetle infestation. Cardinals, ducks, geese, larks…They all love a tasty beetle snack. Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on mother nature to fix your problems, so your best bet is to obtain some commercial traps. The traps us a pheromone to attract the beetles, so the flip side is that beetles in your neighbor’s yard might detect the  pheromone and move over to your garden. So, place the traps away from your garden, such as on the outer perimeter of your yard. Also, be sure the change the trap bag, located the the bottom of the trap, often.

Japanese beetles can quickly do damage to plants in your garden.
Japanese beetles can quickly do damage to plants in your garden.

Do-it-yourself Traps
If you don’t want to spring for a commercial trap, all it takes is a bucket of water (soap can help) and a large insect net (the kind you use to catch butterflies). Scoop up the beetles in the net, rinse off the net in the bucket, and get some exercise in the process!

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