How to get rid of Japanese beetles?
Japanese beetles can do a lot of damage in the garden and lawn. Fortunately, some tricks and pitfalls exist!
I therefore offer you some easy-to-do homemade tricks and traps to get rid of Japanese beetles.
1. Make a homemade Japanese beetle trap
As a first solution for getting rid of Japanese beetles at home, I suggest a do-it-yourself beetle trap.
Here’s how to make this homemade beetle trap:
- Fill a 4 liter plastic bottle with hot water.
- Add a full sachet of yeast and mix gently.
- Then add 1/2 cup of white sugar and the puree of a very ripe banana.
- Add a little washing-up liquid and mix well (shake the bottle to mix well).
- Then hang the trap high up where you saw beetles to catch and kill them.
Here is a video that shows how to make and use this Japanese beetle trap at home:
In addition to catching Japanese beetles, this homemade trap is effective against ladybugs and even beetles.
2. Make a natural Japanese beetle repellent
If you rather want to prevent the appearance of Japanese beetles in your lawn and garden then here is a recipe for a 100% natural repellent against these flying insects.
- Mix 1 part Neem oil (sea buckthorn oil) with 30 parts water.
- Add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid (+- depending on the amount of repellent) and mix well.
- Spray the garden and flower bed with this solution once a week throughout July.
This trick is ideal for naturally repelling beetles away from home, especially during mating season.
3. Manually catch beetles early in the morning
Another solution to get rid of beetles in the garden is to catch them, capture them by hand. Of course, to be effective you will have to do it regularly, every day, especially during the month of July.
Here’s how to catch them manually:
- Place a cloth or old bed sheet under beetle-attacked plants.
- Gently shake the plant or shrub to knock the insects off and then get rid of them.
- Pick up the beetles and place them in a bucket with soap and water to kill them.
It’s important to dispose of them properly, as dead insects can attract other beetles, so don’t let dead beetles near your plants and flowers.
4. A white grub problem in the lawn?
If you rather have a problem with white grubs (beetle larvae) then I recommend that you read this other article: How to get rid of white grubs in the lawn?
You will discover tips and tricks for eliminating white grubs in the lawn, but also tips for preventing their appearance in your beautiful lawn.
Video to learn more about how to get rid of Japanese beetles: