Tip of the Week
Beetles in the Garden
There are many different kinds of beetles that are damaging to plants.
Most are chewing pests that eat leaves and stems. The most common beetles that I battle in my garden are Japanese Beetles, Cucumber Beetles, Colorado Potato Beetles, and Mexican Bean Beetles. They chew the leaves to lace and destroy my plants and vegetables!
Controlling beetles in the garden:
- Hand picking is the safest method of control for beetles, however this is often difficult if not impossible to keep up with.
- Luckily, many different beetle species can be controlled with the same insecticides. Always check the label for the specific beetle you have.
- Bonide Beetle Killer
- Bonide Eight
- Bonide Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew (for organic gardening)
- Kill the beetle grubs that are in your lawn!
Click here for tips on killing these grubs
ALWAYS READ and FOLLOW the LABEL directions when using any pesticides.
Even natural or organic products can be deadly to pollinators like bees. If possible DO NOT spray when plants are in bloom. If this is not possible, spray early in the morning or later in the evening when bees are less active and ALWAYS read the label!