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Getting Rid of Beetles

How to get rid of beetles from lawn, gardens and homes. Quick tips and easy tactics to get the job done with multiple types of beetle.

When spring and summer months approach, gardeners and those that just enjoy the beauty of their front and back lawns sometimes have to deal with these little pests. That’s right, beetles, among other bugs, resurface and see your gardens and lawns as prey. You may even have a beetle infestation in your home, which can be very disturbing to find. These pestiferous bugs can be taken care of with a few simple tactics that include sprays or traps. One must also be sure that these beetles are actually harming ones garden, for they may actually be beneficial to that particular environment. Below is a list of common methods for disposing of beetles, and a list of common beetles and particular ways to get rid of that particular type of beetle.

Common Methods

-Glue Traps

You can go out and purchase a glue trap that works for most insects that you may have a problem with. Just apply the glue to a piece of something disposable, like maybe paper of cardboard, and place it near a window or on the window seal. The bugs get caught in the glue as they walk by and will eventually die. Then you can just dispose of them with the paper or cardboard. Remember to be wary of the wind blowing it away if you are placing it outside.

-Vacuum

You can use the hose on a vacuum to suck up the beetles that you see but make sure the vacuum has a bag, or you can make a bag from nylon stockings if your brand of vacuum doesn’t use bags. This way you can dispose of them cleanly, and they wont be just sitting in your vacuum cleaner.

-Pesticides

If you don’t have a problem with using pesticides in your gardens then by all means, you away, but, pesticides in the home is not recommended. Seeing that pesticides are just a bunch of chemicals that will be fogging and seeping around your home the whole time, being ingested by you and your family and your pets. On top of that, pesticides won't be able to kill off all of the beetles. If they have infested in your house they tend to hide in your walls and the pesticide fog or spray won't be able to reach them. Your best bet with pesticides is using them outside your home at the right time to ensure that they don’t get inside in the first place. Spray a layer around the perimeter of your home to ensure that they don't get in.

Common Beetles

1. Asian Beetle

The infamous Asian Beetle, or sometimes called (Asian lady beetle) are probably the most stubborn and most irritating of all beetles. Though, not particularly destructive, they do tend to infest homes during the Fall and Winter months, usually October (also nicknamed Halloween lady beetle!). Along with the glue traps you can also use a pheromone that they excrete to attract one another as a trap. The pheromone is called H. axyridis. This is a tricky method, seeing that researchers conclude that pheromone traps attract more beetles than they actually catch, so keep that in mind. There has also been a trap built and manufactured especially for Asian beetles. It uses light, which attracts the beetles, and traps them in a containter. You can find instructions on how to make your own light trap online as well.

2. Japanese beetles

Japanese bettles are very destructive to crops, flowers, and lawns. In larvae stage, or when they are "grubs" they eat grass roots. Grubs are very destructive to crops and are at a state when a particualar bacterium called milky spore will kill them before they mature. You can purchase milky spore commercially as a powder, though it may take up to 1-5 years to achieve full protecttion because you apply it gradually over a broad area. When they mature they tend to be attracted to rose bushes, grapes, and hops. They damage plants by eating the material of the plant that is between the vein, skeletonizing it. For adult beetles, spray them with Neem Oil. Soapy water sprayed on them individually can kill them when they are not in huge flocks. When you see them on your roses be sure to kill them, seeing that more will want to come to your roses if other beetles are already there. You can also spray your roses with a garlic spary to repell them.

3. Flea beetles

Flea beetles often infest gardens and you can tell when you see small holes in your plants. They tend to also carry diseases that will kill your plants as they come in contact with the beetle. Common pesticides will get rid of them (natual soap and water solution) but if you don't want to use chemicals you can plant mint or artemisia barriers that will keep flea beetles out.

4. Carpet beetles

Carpet beetles can destroy clothes, furniture, carpet, or any fabric in your home. They are different from moths in the fact that they will eat big holes in fabric while moths tend to dilly dally and spread the love all around! Carpet beetles can be eliminated by cleaning fabric on a regluar basis and if an infestation is present you can dust the fabric or carpet with boric acid to eliminate them.

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