I know what you’re thinking. ”That Diane is obsessed with Japanese beetles.” You could be right, but by the looks of things, so are many of you! In fact, with over 300 posts on this site, the posts discussing natural remedies for getting rid of Japanese beetles are the most popular ones. Can you believe that?
So today, I was going back over the comments left behind on one of the posts when I found Dolly’s remedy. This one seems like one of the best I’ve heard of thusfar, so I’m publishing it here. This is what she writes:
I just came up with a concoction today that got rid of a lot of them. I took a 1 1/2gal. chapin sprayer, filled it with warm water, about 3 tsp of garlic powder, 2 tsp of cayenne pepper, a couple of squirts of dish soap and a little under a 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. Shook at and sprayed the little buggers really good. They didn’t like the smell, if they eat the leaf, it is hot, and the oil and soap stick to the plant. It doesn’t smell too good, but it worked.
How great is this remedy? All natural (if you use natural dish soap), and it doesn’t attract more Japanese beetles to your home, rather eradicates the ones you have. (By the way, I happen to know rabbits will steer clear of the cayenne too.) Now, Japanese beetles are not indigenous to the U.S. So don’t feel bad about killing them off. In their native Japan, they’re not nearly the problem they are here. That’s because Japan has natural beetle predators, whereas in America, we humans are pretty much it. One last little bit of beetle trivia? These are what are known as jitterbugs! Who knew???
More for your arsenal:
How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Naturally
How to Make Your Own Japanese Beetle Trap
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I’ve about had it with those pesky buggers. They may glimmer in the sun like a well-polished stone, but these garden pests are chomping up the jewels of my garden. Time to get serious here. I told you about how to get rid of Japanese beetles using garlic in a previous article, but aside from hanging garlic bunches in my trees (which I’m not too proud to do, mind you), I did come across what looks to be a very popular solution.
Making your own Japanese beetle trap really isn’t that difficult. Although some people argue you’ll just lure more beetles to your trees, I’ve used conventional traps in the past with great success. But darned if the traps don’t stink. Being that I am not a beetle myself, I am quite repelled by the smell. I’d rather smell fresh cut grass while sitting in my yard.
Here’s what you do: Get a one-gallon plastic milk jug and cut the top off. Not too big of an opening. Leave the handle on too. Now mix 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of sugar and a packet of yeast. (I’ve also read just a teaspoon will do.) Mash a banana and stir that around in there too. Hang this adorable contraption from the infested tree about 3 feet off the ground. Decorate to suit your taste. Or hang it on the side where the neighbors won’t see. Or just hang it. It looks better to have a milk jug in your tree than no tree at all, as is the case in my back yard. Dead tree. Once the beauty of our yard. Feasted on by Japanese beetles.
I somehow feel better, having relieved myself of my true feelings for the bug, and having shared with you all how to make your own Japanese beetle trap. The only thing I really won’t enjoy is scooping out dead bug bodies with an old slotted spoon, but hey, long live my trees!
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We have some beautiful flowering trees and a few rose bushes in our yard. I may be in love with herbs, but I’m here to tell you I am not the best of gardeners when it comes to flowers. I guess I don’t have the patience to care for them daily as I should. So when I see Japanese beetles attacking the trees and roses that do so well without my meddling, I get pretty mad. This year we had to cut down one of my beautiful trees because the Japanese beetles feasted on it so much that there was finally nothing left to come into leaf in the spring. I just came across a natural remedy for ridding my yard of those darned Japanese beetles, and they’d better watch out. Because when I’m done, I’m gonna have a salad. (Beetles not included.)
If you plant garlic around your garden area, Japanese beetles apparently have as little tolerance to this as Dracula himself. I’ve planted garlic before, and it’s darned easy. Just go get some garlic bulbs at the store (organic if you please) and break open the bulb. Plant the cloves singly. What’s great about this are the greens that shoot up. When you have a nice plant, sort of like a green onion, pull it up for eating. You can chop up the greens for salads and soups, and you can still eat the clove. Leave the garlic in the ground even longer if you want a whole new garlic bulb.
Can you say health benefits? Garlic lowers cholesterol, repels mosquitos (and people if you eat too much), and lowers blood pressure. It’s a fantastic remedy for colds and flu, and if you need to break a fever, eat a clove or two. I’ll definitely be planting these around the base of my trees and rose bushes so I can rid my yard of those pesky Japanese beetles. Hey, another way garlic lowers blood pressure!
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