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Getting Rid Of Japanese Beetles

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Any gardener would agree that Japanese beetles are disastrous in any garden. They are dangerous on any stage of their development, even while they are still larvae. In this post you will learn about various methods of getting rid of Japanese beetles.

Fighting Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetle By R.J. Reynolds

Japanese beetles, those nasty pests bring much harm to the garden in any form. They consume foliage and flowers of over 300 plant varieties. Moreover, while they are still in their grub stage they can cause problems to the lawn because they eat the root system of the grass and leave brown patches all over the territory. Usually gardeners tend to use chemicals, however, these chemicals are most often quite indiscriminant, so they destroy everything – even the beneficial insects. It is a good idea to use chemicals with narrow spectrum to minimize the damage to other insects.

There are other ways of dealing with the Japanese beetles, one of them being attraction of beneficial nematodes that can help with the soil troubles. Another idea is to use milky spores, which is a fungus that distracts Japanese beetles. Yet, the adult beetles require other managing strategies because they release pheromones that attract other Japanese beetles, creating an infestation.

The beetles are especially active in the hot summer months during the daytime. One of the methods is hand-picking them as they appear or when they are not active in the mornings and late evenings. There are also beetle traps available, yet their use is not advised because they usually attract more beetles than they can handle and prove to be quite useless. Planting certain types of greenery might prove to be beneficial. Such plants can be boxwood, daisies, begonias, magnolias and hydrangeas, as they are not attractive to the beetles, therefore, beetles would select other locations.

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