Japanese Beetles: How 'bout a squirt gun?

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Japanese Beetles: How 'bout a squirt gun?

Post by Martin Pack » Fri, 21 Jul 1995 04:00:00



A number of people in this group (and in person) have suggested to me
that one way to take care of Japanese Beetles is to knock off the
plants into soapy water.  This works pretty well, though when I try to
get some into the water, others fly away.  I am thinking of filling a
squirt gun with soapy water and individually blasting these critters.
It sure would be fun (and I think faster) but:

1) Will that get enough soap on them to kill 'em?

2) Will it hurt the plants (mostly beans and lilacs are being eaten)
or the grass around them?

TIA

Marty Packer
Washington, MA

 
 
 

Japanese Beetles: How 'bout a squirt gun?

Post by Julia E. Shiel » Mon, 24 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>A number of people in this group (and in person) have suggested to me
>that one way to take care of Japanese Beetles is to knock off the
>plants into soapy water.  This works pretty well, though when I try to
>get some into the water, others fly away.

Use a wide-mouthed peanut butter jar.  Partially fill it with water and a
film of soap or vegetable oil on top.  Late in the day, when the Japanese
beetles are all settled in, go out to see how many of the devils you can
get.  Hold the jar in one hand -under- the flower or leaf they are on and
the lid in the other hand -over- the flower.  Knock them off with the lid
into the wide mouth of the jar waiting below.  I hate those *** things
so much that I get great pleasure from watching them squirming in the
water.  If one acts like it going to escape, just swirl the jar.

Sure, you will lose some beetles this way, but not many.  This works great
with roses and anything low enough to be reachable.  Lilacs are probably a
lost cause.

When you finish, just***on the lid loosely and set the jar where it is
ready for more filling the next day.

Good hunting,

--
Julia Shields
School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC