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The Japanese beetles are out in full force this week … and it’s bad. Last year I told you about one way to control Japanese beetles without using pesticides.

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Pesticides are effective versus Japanese beetles, however I don’t advise using them; they kill other bugs in the garden, including bees and advantageous bugs.

Japanese beetles damaging my roses
The problem appears to be worse currently this year than in 2015. They are out much earlier and I’m already overcoming 100 in my bucket each time I go out and hand choose them. I have a bad feeling that July could be a terrible time in the gardens.

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I found out about Japanese beetle traps in 2015, however I heard both advantages and disadvantages to utilizing the traps. The biggest con I heard was that the traps will bring in Japanese beetles from all over the neighborhood to your backyard.

Japanese beetles damaging my canna lily leaves
This was the primary factor I didn’t try them last year. However I have a few of the most significant gardens in my area, so I’m pretty sure that I already have one of the largest populations of beetles in my yard. Plus, I figure that if I’m killing an additional few hundred beetles in these traps, well that’s less beetles that can recreate in the community. So, I decided to offer the traps a shot.

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Japanese beetle trap
The secret to utilizing these traps is to put them in an area of the yard away from their preferred plants. If you put them right in the garden, more beetles will be attracted to the plants they like, and more damage may occur.

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I decided to put the traps on the corner of our porch, which is on the other side of the yard from the infested plants. Plus it’s in an area where I can watch it from inside your house (morbid interest).

Japanese beetle trap setup
A word of advice prior to you setup among these. I have actually utilized yellow jacket traps before and there’s a warning on the label that says to assemble and hang the trap prior to you open the attractant due to the fact that it will start attracting them instantly. I decided to take this exact same advice with the Japanese beetle trap (which is funny, due to the fact that opening the attractant is the initial step in the directions).

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So, I setup and hung the trap, then I opened the attractant. Boy, am I thankful I did this. As quickly as I climbed down the ladder, there were Japanese beetles flying at the trap from all directions. The beetles don’t bite or sting, but having a bunch of them buzzing around and crawling on me while I attempted putting together and hanging the trap would have been dreadful. Yuck !!

Seriously, within a couple of seconds there were currently beetles in the trap and lots of them flying around towards the trap. Oh boy, I sense I’m going to be getting rid of these traps daily. Good idea the replacement bags are inexpensive.

Japanese beetle trap at work, see the beetles at the top near the seamless gutter
Trap is large open on top, and I don’t know how the beetles will not leave. Possibly they can’t fly back through the little funnel opening in the middle, or they’re too dumb to figure it out. I don’t care, as long as this works.

Have you utilized these traps prior to? What did you believe?