>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
When you finish, just***on the lid loosely and set the jar where it is
ready for more filling the next day.
School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC