Japanese Beetles

I don’t love what the Japanese beetles do to my roses (they skeletonize the foliage), but on the other hand, they’re really quite beautiful in their own light.

“When present in small numbers, the beetles may be manually controlled using a soap-water spray mixture, shaking a plant in the morning hours and disposing of the fallen beetles, or simply picking them off attractions such as rose flowers, since the presence of beetles attracts more beetles to that plant.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle)

I haven’t actually done any of this — I mostly just live with some skeletonizing. (Also, what a great word, skeletonizing.) But if you’re looking for low-impact ways to reduce your Japanese beetle population…

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