How To Use Traps To Catch Japanese Beetles That Are Eating Virginia Creepers
Question From: A. FIORILLO - Schenectady, New York, United States
Q: HI, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR I HAVE NOTICED THAT THE JAPANESE BEATLES ARE EATING ALL MY FOLIAGE ON THE VIRGINA CREEPERS, IS THERE ANY INSECTICIDE THAT I CAN USE. I ALREADY HAVE SET UP TWELVE TRAPS AROUND MY VINES BUT IT SEEMS IT IS TOO DEVASTATING FOR THE TRAPS TO CONTROL ALL OF THE BEATLES
Antonio, the traps are attracting all the Japanese beetles from the area to your vines. They should be placed 30 feet away next to a non flowering tree or shrub such as a pine tree. They will not trap all the beetles. I hand pick them by holding a cup of soapy water under a leaf hitting the leaf with an open hand so the beetles drop into the cup. I can't pop them all, but it makes me feel a bit better. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.