HOW TO KILL JAPANESE BEETLES ORGANICALLY
Japanese beetles are a small bug that is a big threat to hundreds of different species, it is one of the major insect pest in the Eastern United States. Japanese beetles can do monumental damage to crops each year. You can identify the Japanese beetles by their metalic looking blue-green heads, copper backs, tan wings and about 1/2 inch in length. These japanese beetles emerge from the soil as adult beetles and begin feeding on around 300 different kinds of plants, usually roses, beans, grapes, raspberries, etc. Around June is when this starts happening,. IBe watching for sheletonized leaves, meaning only the veins of the leaves are remain. I suggest many ways to get rid of japanese beetles, including hand picking them off of plants and flowers, using neem oil, using a dropcloth method , orgainc insecticides, something i call the fruit cocktail method, but what i failed to suggest is using Geraniums as a bait plant that will attract the Beetles and allow your more expensive plants to be protected as you kill the beetles on the geraniums. Also if your roses bushes are swarmed with japanese beetles, nip off the buds of the rose bush until the threat has passed. You can introduce Milky Spore in to your lawn to help control grub worms that become japanese beetles for up to 10 years. Also try companion planting garlic, rue, or tansy near your plants that you want to save, be sure that your plant is companion friendly with the suggested plants. Last but not least you can try attracting parastic wasps to do the work for you, in this case the wasp would be very beneficial as a japanese beetle insect killer. Along those same lines, you can drench your turf grass with parastic nematodes (heterorhabditis species) to control the larvae, that turn into grub worms and eventually japanese beetles. Very last organic method i can think of at the moment to organically kill japanese beetles is to mix 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo into 1 gallon of water and apply this solution on to your lawn per 1000 square feet, during late spring or fall when the beetles are still grub worms and once you spray the lawn the grub worms will surface to the top of the soil, once the grub worms surface i usually attract more birds by throwing out a few pieces of bread on the lawn to attract the birds to come and eat the bread and the grubs.
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