How to eliminate Japanese beetles without harming honey bees

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 22, 2018
    The way to keep Japanese Beetles away is by taking 2 steps to protect your plants, first cover them with nylon netting, you can get this at fabric stores like Joanne's, they cannot get through it and devour your plants. The next step is to use a pheromone attraction over a plastic bag, they sell these at DIY stores. The pheromone at the top of the bag draws the beetles and not the honey bees, the beetles enter the bag never to come out again. When the season for them is over, simply empty out the bag and nature will decompose them. Be sure to hang the bait bag far away from your plants. If you put it too close, the beetles will swarm there and invade.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 22, 2018
    We have several of these on our property, never seen any bees trapped in them.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 22, 2018
    Hi Rod,
    You can remove Japanese beetles by hand picking them from the plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water. We have done this and it really does work. It is actually considered the most effective way to get rid of Japanese beetles once they are past the grub stage and are affecting your plants.

  • Amanda Amanda on Jun 22, 2018
    Hi Rod. They are hard to get rid of. They lay there eggs in the soil where you usually have the worst problem with them. What I do is keep flicking them off. You can also flock them into a bowl with soapy water to kill them. Do not get the traps for them. They just lure more to your area. They let off a pheromone. Good Luck. They destroy so much!

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 22, 2018
    To prevent an infestation next year, treat your lawn for grubs - their larval form.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 22, 2018
    Milky Spore applied to the soil; traps -- but place as far away from the affected plants as you can -- the scent in the trap attracts them -- and you don't want to draw them to your plants; If you live in an area where you can have ducks -- they are AWESOME to eliminate JP's!! ( as well as lots of other bugs etc. )