Natural Ways To Stop Japanese Beetles From Taking Up Residence On Your Bushes

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If you have spotted Japanese beetles on your favorites bushes and see that they have been making holes in the leaves, take some measures to eliminate these pests You can purchase pest control supplies, at a location like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies, to get rid of the beetles, or you can use natural methods.. Natural and safe methods can wipe out the population of beetles that are present so that your bushes remain healthy and look nice.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Add equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water to a spray bottle and then shake well. The vinegar emits a scent that Japanese beetles do not like. The acid in the vinegar will kill the beetles if they come into contact with it. Apply a thin layer of the vinegar and water mixture to the leaves that have been affected by the beetles. The mixture will not cause your bushes any harm and will begin working right away. Reapply the mixture after it rains, until all of the beetles are gone. 


Catnip is a perennial herb that is simple to grow and that will repel Japanese beetles. Plant catnip seeds within close proximity of your bushes. If you are anxious to get rid of the Japanese beetles and don't want to wait for the catnip plants to grow before the pests are eliminated, use dry catnip in the meantime.

Mist the leaves that contain holes where the beetles have eaten with a spray bottle that is filled with water. Sprinkle dried catnip onto the surface of each leave. The number of beetles present will quickly diminish. Once the new catnip plants are growing well, they will continue to prevent Japanese beetles from appearing.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is a natural pesticide that is derived from the neem tree. It is used to eliminate many different pests. Pour the oil into a spray bottle and apply it to the bushes that are being eaten. It will not harm your bushes and is completely safe to use around people, pets, and wildlife. Continue using neem oil to control any additional pests that you spot on your property. 

Once you have eliminated the Japanese beetles that are on your property, continue inspecting the bushes and other foliage that you own on occasion to make sure that no new pests have appeared. All of the natural methods that are listed above are useful in eliminating many other pests that are commonly seen. Your bushes will continue to complement your property and you won't have to worry about being exposed to dangerous chemicals in order to keep them looking nice.


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