Just when you’ve finished planting colorful flowers and beautiful plants, beetles have to go and ruin it. Certain beetles are known for devouring gardens, leaving a trail of plants riddled with holes in their wake. They enjoy eating roses, raspberry bushes, fruit trees, vegetable plants and more. The destruction they cause can be quite disheartening. It wouldn’t be summer without these pests ruining your garden.
With their voracious appetite, these beetles can be a struggle to eliminate. It’s a problem for gardeners of every level. Arming yourself with the knowledge of pests like these can go a long way. It can help you prevent these pests from invading your yard again. Here are a few ways to prevent beetles from eating your garden.
Limit Water Usage on Your Landscape
Certain garden beetles, like the Japanese beetle, prefer irrigated turf to lay their eggs. This is because eggs need moisture to develop. Beetles also enjoy eating up the roots of verdant, green lawns. It’s important that you try to make your lawns inhospitable and less attractive during the beetle season. Limit how often you water your lawn.
Now, you don’t want to strip your garden of all its beauty. And you won’t. Simply water your lawn a bit less than you normally would, making it dry enough to prevent the beetles, but not so dry that all your plants die off.
Apply Insecticidal Soap
Make a homemade insecticidal soap and use it to spray down the plants. A great recipe for vegetable plants is a quart of water, a cup of rubbing alcohol, a cup of vegetable oil and a tablespoon of dish soap. Spray the plants in the morning, then spray them with water if they start to droop from the formula.
Choose the Right Plants
Try selecting plants that the beetles won’t be drawn to. Here is a list of plants that beetles don’t find as tempting:
Use Floating Row Cover
Protect small landscape plants by using floating row cover from afternoon to late evening hours. Floating row cover is a white polyester spun-bonded fabric. Drape it over the plants and pin it to the ground. But don’t use it on blooming vegetable crops, such as pumpkins and squash, since they require bees for pollination.
Your garden is sacred. No one or no pest should invade it, for your garden is sensitive and requires love and care. To remove and prevent these beetles from attacking your plants again, Contact Dayton’s Pest Control today