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Waging War in the Garden

Robin McConaughy

Robin McConaughy

Double Brook FarmThis is a sight you NEVER want to see in your garden…

And so it was with my blueberry bushes earlier this week. My beautiful, almost perfectly ripening fruit against these voracious, predatory Japanese beetles.

Double Brook FarmAnd they were having at it!

Double Brook FarmSearching for methods to rid the bushes of the beetles in a natural way, the best suggestion offered was to tap the beetles into a bucket soapy water and let them die. Then let the bucket of soapy beetle corpses sit. In the sun.

Double Brook FarmThe theory is that the disgusting rotten stench odor of the decomposing beetles will ward off new beetles from alighting on the bushes.

Double Brook FarmWe’re still waiting for this to happen. Meantime, I’m tapping more and more beetles into the bucket like a pro. It’s an all-out battle.

Did we even have Japanese beetles last year? Any better suggestions for limiting their damage?

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