How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Naturally

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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!

Learn How to Make Your Own Japanese Beetle Trap here.  

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34 Comments

  1. Thanks Diane, I’m going to do a post and link to this post on Thyme for Herbs. The beetles just started on my last remaining rose bush.!

    Jane Maries last blog post..Another Carriage is Close Behind

  2. Thank you for this idea. I had never heard of it. My neighbors have a row of chinese elm trees which border our two yards and those trees draw japanese beetles from the entire state of Michigan.

  3. 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 squits 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 leave, it is hot, and the oil and soap stick to the plant. It doesn’t smell too good, but it worked.

  4. I was going to try some hot pepper on my trees. I will try that cayenne pepper recipe on my two fruit trees. I will put this in my garden hose sprayer bottle. I will grind up the ingredients and then try. I just hope that my trees are not too large to get rid of these pests! I must have close to a million beetles in my beautiful plum and peach trees. It is so sad to see such wonderful fruit go to the bugs! Will post again after I try this today.

  5. I have a planter that’s attached to my rural mailbox. I put vinca vine, geraniums & dracena in it & I’ll tell you, the japanese beetles love those plants. Well, I tried Dolly’s concoction, only thing is I put it in a pint size sprayer, filled it with warm water, 1 tsp. garlic powder, abount 1/2 tsp. cayenne, couple squirts Dawn & just poured in some canola oil, shook it & went out & sprayed the plants. Before I was done, they were dropping off the plants, dead, belly up! This stuff really does work! We don’t have them as bad as we have had in the past, but if they do start on my veggie garden, I’ll put this mixture in my garden hose sprayer bottle too! Thanks!

  6. [...] 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 [...]

  7. Way to go Dolly! I may have to post this one too. I have over 300 posts on this site, and can you believe this is the most popular one??? My goodness, I am not alone in my desire to rid my yard of them. I don’t usually get off on killing even bugs, but these guys are not indigenous to the region, or the country, so I have no guilt issues.

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  9. I sure am glad I found this. My wife had a terrible time with Japanese Beetles and her roses this year. I’m passing it on to her so that come next spring, she’ll be able to wipe those critters out.

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  11. [...] the loss of one of our beloved plum trees last year, I’m on the warpath when it comes to Japanese beetles.  I’m not for chemically insecticides as you may have gathered, so it’s been tough [...]

  12. I just tried the mixture of liquid dish soap and water in a pint sprayer for the beetles. They left like kamakazee pilots. They did return though. So then, I did finally revert to liquid sevin. Gave it a day..the beetles returned. Today I only sprayed water to rid them out of the middle and sure enough they were still hiding in there, although not so many. I think I’ll try the concoction mentioned here…with the oil, soap, garlic,,,etc…we’ll see how that goes..they like my roses the most but also the crepe myrtle and who knows what they’ll like when i run them away from where they are…we’ll see.

  13. I am definetly going to try that garlic spray concoction before they devour everything in my yard. They are everywhere, even trying to land on me while I’m working. There is also a garlic spray that you can buy at English Gardens that is suppose to work against mosquitos. You can spray it anywhere that you will be and their suppose to stay away, deck, grass, bushes even plants and they won’t change the taste of anything. So maybe this spray will do double duty, I sure hope so.

  14. can i spray this garlic/cayenne/soap concoction on my basil? i’m concerned it might alter the taste. anyone else have success with this solution on herbs?

  15. Hi Jennifer,

    I actually sprayed this on my basil last year. I didn’t notice any flavor alterations at all. I didn’t douse it regularly, but I did load it down a few times with it. This year they’re even eating my petunias! Time to make more spray!

  16. A variation of an idea I tried seemed to work best. I have tried the soap/garlic/pepper mixtures, pest repelling plants like mint, time and onions and haev had mixed results. One thing I read about was using frost cloth, since I did not have any available I used the replacement screening and cover the garden area (basil & parsely) that was getting attacked. This seems to ahve worked. When they cannot feed they move on.

  17. Alas, I did not have such luck with the garlic. Most under attack in my garden are my raspberries. Next to the raspberries I have one peach tree. I do find some on the peach tree, but they prefer the rasberries.

    What I tried first: Hydrophobic extract of neem oil. I bought this for my roses. I also sprayed it on the raspberries. It was early July 2009, and I really hadn’t seen any of the beetles so I at that point I couldn’t tell if it was effective or not. It is now late July, and they are very much more prominent.

    The neem oil was only partially effective on my roses, and not very effective on the aphids, so I added 4 habeneros, extremely blended in water, with a small amount of dish soap. I added this to the remaining neem oil repellent that I had in my sprayer. I hit the roses again and the raspberries. Still the beetles came.

    Having read on some web pages about garlic, I blended a full bulb of garlic ( about 9 cloves ) with 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegatable oil and two good squirts of dish soap. I had a very milk white soloution. I filled my 2 gallon sprayer with this solution. Last Friday morning my father-in-law sprayed the bushes in the morning with this solution. I got home early from work, and he said the beetles were flying off the bushes. I went out and checked the bushes which had dried from the spraying, but still found several beetles on the bushes. I hand picked the bushes, dropping the beetles into soapy water. I then saturated the bushes with most of the remaining garlic spray. There was several hours of sun left in the day for the bushes to dry. We did have some rain on Saturday. Today we had on and off rain and sun. I hand picked in the ball park of 50 to 90 beetles off the bushes.

    I really want to use an organic solution to control these nasty creatures, because both my young daughters and their neighborhood playmates eat the berries from these bushes regularly. They are an every bearing variety, so I can’t just wait for them to stop fruiting.

    I am willing to try a combination of garlic, habenero, neem, mint ( I have a lot of mint growing in my garden as well ) …. but with recent experience I am a little bit less than optomistic.

  18. Perennial Lover July 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I too am glad to run across this website. I have been looking for a natural way to rid Japanese beetles. I have heard of and tried the soup method. Which seems to work for a while, but then they come back. I’m so excited to try this concoction and am convinced it will work by the postings. My only concern, is will it kill my rose bushes as well, with the hot pepper and all?
    Looking forward to saving my rose bushes and having as many lovely roses as I did last year, before these pests found them.

  19. Hi Dian,

    I linked to your article about Japanese Beetles from my site. You had a lot of good information and I thought my readers would like to know about dk Mommy Spot.

    The link is about 3/4 way down the page in the red box.

    Thanks again,

    Ted Curtis
    Get Rid Of It All

  20. Hi Diane,

    I linked to your article about Japanes Beetles from my site. You had a lot of good information and I thought my readers would like to know about dk Mommy Spot.

    The link is about 3/4 way down the page in the red box.

    Thanks again,

    Ted Curtis
    Get Rid Of It All

  21. To Perennial Lover:
    The Chili and the Garlic will not hurt your roses, but you will have to be careful with the oil and the soap.

    The habanero mixture I made worked well to keep aphids and mites off my roses, but not so dynamite at keeping the J.B’s. off my rasberries. I do get a few JB’s on my roses, but the raspberries are like candy to them, while the roses are like a vegetable.

    The commercial neem oil product I bought suggested applying in the cooler evening than in the hot sun of the day. The label said this was because of the oil content of the product.

  22. We tried the pepper/garlic/soap/oil combo last night and today. After three applications, there were still several (actually more than I had seen yet) japanes beetles on the roses. I decided to sprinkle with garlic powder. We will see tomorrow how it works.

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  25. Little bugs were in our Cayenne powder in our food cabinent…..where did this come from?

    Please advise

  26. Little bugs were in our Cayenne powder in our food cabinent…..where did this come from?

    Please advise

  27. Little bugs were in our Cayenne powder in our food cabinent…..where did this come from?

    Please advise

  28. hey i wondered if any one knows how to get rid of japinese beatles they swarm the houses on my street like out of no where and they like to infest the houses. they get in from who knows where any nook and crany they fly around lights like bugs in the summer time hang from the light pull cord for the celing fan. they drive me nuts if any one has ang good ideas on how to rid my house in side and out of these nasty little insects please e mail me at serutcip1@yahoo.com thanks ~jim

  29. Thank you for the tip on naturally getting rid of japanese beetles with garlic cloves! Last year my gladiolas were infested with the beetles, and sucked the life out of them before they opened! It took me awhile to figure out was was happening as they sprouted and grew, but the flowers never opened as they were just shriveled up. I finally found the beetles when I started dissecting the flowers, and didn’t even know then what they were until I went to Menards to look at bug ridding products – it ws too late to do anthing by then.

    This year, I went to Menards to see what I could find to be prepared to get rid of them, but I was so overwhelmed by all of the chemicals on the shelves, that I had to get out of there! We’re harming our plants, our air and water, and ourselves as well! That’s when I decided to search the internet for a natural alternative.

    I will try your tip this year. Thanks, again!

  30. Will this stuff harms plants? I have heard that you must spray beneath the leaves too to be effective.

  31. Hi Kate,

    I’ve used it on rose bushes, basil, tomato plants, etc. and never had a problem!

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