7/05/2006

The romance of the beetle stomp

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?

8 comments:

Hanna in Cleveland said...

This might sound terrible but...

Are there any empty properties or lots or houses for sale or an area where the owners would not care or know if you hung a beetle trap there?

Someone in a nursery once recommended that to me. The beetles go to the trap and leave your yard alone. ;)

Stuart said...

You could try selling them the concept of Hari-Kari.

Jenn said...

I carry water with a bit of vegetable oil on the top.

Tap the leaf they are on with the bucket postioned below the bug, and they do the work for you, jumping headlong to their doom.

The oil kills them quickly, they suffocate.

Pam said...

I heard an interesting remedy lately. I don't have problems with them - but some friends do - and someone said that an easy solution is to hang a white sheet somewhere in your yard. They'll be attracted to the sheet.

Sounds good to me. Maybe put eyes on it so the neighbors think you are decorating for Halloween early.

Girl Gone Gardening said...

I noticed then whenever I allow a wild grape vine to grow near my yard, they all have at it on that and leave the rest of the yard alone....


Other then that I pick pick pick.

I think you can use milky spore in the lawn to control the beetles.

Jill said...

hahaha Excellent post! I found my husband doing the same thing. Shocked me. But was excited to see he cared. I have a spray I use but find that dust works the best. Not much longer.

Nelumbo said...

Hanging a trap in a neighbor's yard- That's great. I'm ashamed to admit I was actually contemplating this with an empty lot across the street...but how far away from your house would you have to get?

A week later, they seem to be starting to decline already...yes!
I think it is a seasonal lifecycle thing, and not anything I'm doing...

Melvin said...

Some thing interesting.....
thanks......