How to kill Japanese beetles. SPECTRACIDE® BAG-A-BUG® JAPANESE BEETLE TRAP2 is da bomb. Honest.

Prior to this year, I never considered Japanese beetles to be a major hazard to my garden. There would be a few stragglers every year but nothing to write home about except as a footnote, and I was always able to swat them between the soles of my flip flops and carry on. This year, though, all of that changed.

Why did it change? I don't really know. Several people have mentioned that the number of bugs seems to be up this year, which would be a factor. The grapevines that I planted last year fruited, which would have put out a scent for the beetles to hone in on, and I have three milkweed plants flowering in my back yard, as well. When I add in the blueberry patch, raspberries, peonies, hollyhocks, and black-eyed-Susans, I can see where my yard more closely resembles a cornucopia to the discerning Japanese beetle and all of his friends and distant relatives. Strangely, I think that one of the biggest attractions was my privacy fence; it was filling in for the town brothel in beetle land. There was more sex and posturing on that fence than I think my town has seen in a year. 

The SPECTRACIDE® BAG-A-BUG® JAPANESE BEETLE TRAP2  has been on the market for several years. I haven't purchased any prior to this year because I fell into believing the rumor that if I put them up, I'll just attract more beetles to my yard. Last Sunday, though, that was no longer a consideration. I had a swarming mass of beetles flying into my yard from the west in numbers unimaginable. With the sheer quantity of bugs moving in and setting up nurseries, it seemed like the chance of attracting more was irrelevant. I found two traps and some replacement bags at the local small town grocery and set them up. With the results I've achieved, I don't know why everyone isn't using them. Whomever started that rumor needs to be chastised for spreading fake news.

Within ten minutes of setting up the two bags I had at least 20 beetles in each one. Twenty-four hours later I had a writhing mass at least one inch in diameter waiting to be sealed up and thrown into the trash can. I have replaced the bags every night, you get two with each set up and the replacement bags are six to a box, and every night I had the same amount of beetles as the first. Looking at them like gumballs in a jar, there were likely close to a hundred beetles in each bag, so that's 200 dead beetles every day since Sunday. If all of my neighbors had bags set up we would be talking thousands of beetles every day who were removed from the mating pool, thus decreasing the number of beetles for next year. If the entire country set up these traps, we could effectively eradicate these beetles in just a few years. There are several bird and insect species that prey on the beetles, and there are parasitic wasps that lay eggs in the larva, but these natural predators aren't enough. It's time for humans to step up to the plate.

The best part of setting up the traps is that the number of beetles on my plants has dropped to almost zero. I am going to have to figure out what to do for the milkweed, those flowers are potent, but the rest of my plants are virtually beetle free.

I highly recommend SPECTRACIDE® BAG-A-BUG® JAPANESE BEETLE TRAP2 for everyone. Let's get these bugs eradicated!

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Comment by Phyllis on June 30, 2017 at 4:33pm

This is my attempt to hit the top of the SEO. And I mean every word I wrote, too, which makes it better.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 30, 2017 at 5:12pm

Thanks. What's an SEO?

Comment by Phyllis on June 30, 2017 at 5:19pm

Search Engine Optimization. I need to be found by the internet.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 30, 2017 at 5:56pm

Doesn't matter how many we poison, foreign insects from Asia will be introduced to North America in wooden pallets from China, India and Southeast Asia.   Along with the periodic drought, here's what they've done to pine trees in the mountains of Southern California:

102 million dead California trees  Such are the consequences of Globalization and Climate Change.

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 1, 2017 at 3:36am

Bags of bugs....ewwww !  

Comment by Phyllis on July 1, 2017 at 6:08am

I missed the SEO, I only show up when I put my name in the search, and then I'm third in the list. 

JMac, your article makes no mention of pests, all it speaks of is drought. I have heard of the pine beetles, it's such a shame what we keep doing to this planet.

Julie, you should read this article, it's from someone in Tennessee and they filled their bag to the brim.  https://household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com/bagabugbeetles/

Comment by Phyllis on July 1, 2017 at 6:10am

JMac, I found the beetle reference. Damned shame, all those trees.

Comment by greenheron on July 1, 2017 at 6:14am

Phyllis GAH MY EYES.

What if insect perverts and fetishists join Our Salon as a result of your CEO? That'll liven the place up I guess :) 

Comment by Phyllis on July 1, 2017 at 6:52am

greenie, it would indeed liven the place up! My next post will be about c-reactive protein which will bring out the health nuts.

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 1, 2017 at 5:15pm

That was a cute article :)  I didn't see the year it was printed.  Seems these bugs come in cycles, around here any way.  Last year and the year before, it was 'stink bugs'.  Year before that, it was lady bugs.  Now, they're kinda not so bad, unless they're swarms of them and they do bite.  Mosquitos are bad every year, but this year?  oh man, we're using a can of spray, seems like every other day.  Laughing out loud, at greenheron, again...

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