Romance isn't about fine dining and a dozen roses, it's the man who cares enough to stomp two dozen Japanese beetles that were dining on your rose bushes.
I was really smitten that my husband not only watered the roses while I was gone, but also went the extra mile to protect them. What a man!
Now that I'm home again, I'm getting aggravated watching the beetles happily munch away once again on my roses, and I'm still trying to devise a plan of attack.
I've heard the traps will catch a lot of beetles, but in the process just attract more beetles to your yard and don't really solve the problem.
I've heard people recommend Sevin, but I know that is really nasty stuff, and I've been trying to avoid chemicals as much as possible this year since I'm expecting, and I've also recently developed an affinity for bees.
So spraying the beetles off with water and then stomping still seems like the best option. Some people recommend carrying a bucket of soapy water and shaking the beetles into the bucket. Personally, I find the crunching sound to be a little more satisfying, and the ants seem to take care of cleaning away the remains. I've also noticed that late at night or early in the morning the beetles tend to be more sluggish, so it's a good time to go in for the kill.
Any other advice on taking on the Japanese beetles?