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Help with Japanese beetles!

There is an Asian orgy on my grape arbor and I don't like it. They are already chewing holes through the leaves and by the looks about to be laying eggs. Im a stickler for not using chemicals of any kind . Is there any natural repellent to deal with them? Five years on this farm now and first summer Ive had a problem with the dang things. So far they are leaving my garden alone. Hope i don't have to spray anything on the garden.
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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

How about JBeetle traps? No chemicals involved there exsept for the stuff in the traps.

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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

Beatle traps are a very poor idea unless you can put them very very far from the plants you want to save. While traps will kill many jap beatles they will attract many many more that dont get trapped.
Without chemicals I can't think of any why to control them other then to diligently shake them off the vine many times a day and/or collect them in a cup of soapy water. They get bad at my place every couple of years and we go out to the peach trees 4 times a day and just knock them in to soapy water to die. Still took a lot of damage in the process. Tough bugs to control without poison. We did end up spraying the tree to save it one year. Sometimes you just have to do it if you want it to make it through.
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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

Spray with Sevin, it will kill the betles immediately.




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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

Mix some dead beetles, vinegar, water and dish soap together, and blend them in a blender..........you can then spray that on the plants, and it should kill bugs, and keep them away.........it works for Rose Chafers, so I assume it will work for Japanese Beetles also...

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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

They always said to buy beetle traps and give them to your neighbor.
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Re: Help with Japanese beetles!

I read online that red cedar is a natural repellent so i took some cedar chips and brewed a tea and sprayed the grapes. To no avail. Maybe my tea was too weak?
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By the time you get done wasting time with so called natural methods you grapes will be history. Hit them with Sevin and kill them.




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By the time you get done wasting time with so called natural methods you grapes will be history. Hit them with Sevin and kill them.

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By the time you get done wasting time with so called natural methods you grapes will be history. Hit them with Sevin and kill them.
Thats fine and dandy, and I use Sevin a lot..........But, you hardly want to be spraying them every other day with Sevin, that is where the vinegar mixture that I posted is good, use it on the bugs/plants in between spraying with Sevin...

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