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How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Naturally

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Japanese beetles are voracious pests that can destroy a garden in no time. They are difficult to fight with pesticides, but there are myriad natural ways to get rid of these obnoxious insects. You can get rid of Japanese beetles naturally by planting useful plants and taking some simple steps to make them more susceptible to their natural predators.

Plant cloves of garlic around the perimeter of your garden. This plant deters the insects from entering the garden and, at the same time, makes a tasty treat. Plant the cloves individually and, if you have a large garden, intersperse them with the other plants as well.

Trap the beetles early in the morning. Spread a plastic sheet out under the plants early in the morning while dew is still on the ground. Shake the plants so the beetles fall onto the sheet. The dew makes their wings too heavy for flight. Once they are on the sheet, you can drown them in a pail of soapy water.

Rake the soil in your garden each fall. Starlings are natural predators of Japanese beetles and love to eat their young, tender grubs. Turning the soil with the rake will expose the young beetles and make easy pickings for hungry birds.

Rid Of Beetles On Bean Plants Naturally

Hand pick or knock beetles off of bean plants, and toss them in a bucket of soapy water where they will drown. Do this in the early morning when beetles are usually less active. Repeat daily until the beetles are under control. You can also buy beneficial insects from garden centers and online to add to your landscape. Plant strongly scented herbs, such as peppermint, that help repel beetles from the vegetable garden. Plant herbs around the perimeter of your garden, or plant them intermixed with your beans and other plants. Marigolds also deter harmful insects such as beetles. For effective control, most natural insecticides must come in contact with the beetles and must be reapplied several times throughout the growing season.

Tip

Japanese beetle-resistant plants also include tansy, rue and catnip.

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