Most gardeners dread Japanese beetles as this pest can completely destroy a harvest in no time flat. There are over 300 types of plants that beetles will eat and can destroy leaves, flowers, and overripe or wounded fruit quickly. They feed in masses can result in serious plant damage. If your plants are struggling with this pest, this post today will recommend some effective and safe ways to deal with them.
And here is the list of 9 Natural Ways To Repel Japanese Beetles From The Garden so they’re not destroying your harvest. These ways are a great solution for those who don’t like to use synthetic chemicals at all, especially on food. These ways are easy to make in your garden and give good results, just as long as you consistently apply them, we believe your garden will give you a bountiful harvest the next time. Let’s try right now to see positive changes in your garden.
#1 Cedar Oil
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You can use cedar oil to spray on roses to keep Japanese beetles away.
How to make: Place 3 one-foot-long red cedar plants in a two-gallon bucket. Pour hot water on top of the plants and let them sit for 24 hours. Let it cool and pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray your plants liberally.
#2 Neem Oil
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Neem Oil will suffocate Japanese Beetles over time. Also, it is effective to keep leafhoppers, tomato hornworms, and grasshoppers away. Simply, diluting the oil in water and pouring it into the soil. For the best result, spray plants often and liberally.
#3 Diatomaceous Earth
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Using Diatomaceous earth (DE) is one of the best ways to kill Japanese Beetles and other pests such as ants, snails, and slugs.
How to use: Sprinkle DE in the soil around your plants and the foliage wherever you see beetles. The powder gets under the shells and dehydrates the beetle.
#4 Plant Deep-rooted Grass
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Planting deep-rooted grass such as tall fescue that only requires one deep watering every seven days or so is one good way to stop grubs from being attracted to your lawn.
#5 Pick By Hand
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If your plants have a few bugs, you can handpick them right from your plants. And then, drop them in soapy water to kill them. The best time to handpick is in the early morning or later evening.
#6 Growing The Right Plants
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There are some plants that deter Japanese beetles and planting these will help keep beetles away. You can grow this list below: Yarrow, Garlic, Leek, and chives, Columbine, Begonia, River birch, Cabbage, Kale, Flowering dogwood, Foxglove, Fig, Ash, Gardenia, Juniper, Lantana, Sweet pea, Daisy, Catmint, Pany, violet, Pear.
#8 Companion Planting
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Companion planting is also an effective way to keep Japanese beetles away. Besides, white geraniums, rudbeckia, and 4 O’clock, these plants are even poisonous to the beetles.
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Some gardeners use a handheld vacuum to suck beetles from the plants. After that lets’ dump them in soapy water to kill them.
#10 Use Nematodes
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Beneficial nematodes can kill 50%-75% of the grubs which will drastically minimize damage. They are microscopic worms that are found naturally in soil.