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How To Use Garlic To Keep Japanese Beetles Out Of Your Garden
Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are voracious feeders, and their insatiable appetites devastate gardens by leaving plants weakened and vulnerable to diseases.
Additionally, Japanese beetles emit pheromones that attract others to join them in their feeding frenzy, leading to large infestations that can quickly decimate garden plants.
Consider using garlic from your kitchen to concoct a natural insecticide that you can safely spray on your plants to deter Japanese beetles from feeding on your garden.
The pungent smell of garlic is highly offensive to Japanese beetles and acts as a natural deterrent when garlic insecticide is sprayed on garden plants.
Peel some garlic cloves and combine them in a blender or food processor with 1 cup of water. Blend for a garlic-infused liquid, and pour it through a fine mesh strainer.
Mix the strained garlic liquid in a blender with 3 cups of water and 30 mL of dish soap and let the solution sit overnight. The soap helps the solution stick to plants and insects.
Finally, pour the garlic insecticide into a spray bottle, and spray the solution directly onto the leaves, flowers, and stems of your garden plants affected by Japanese beetles.
Test the spray on a small area of your plants to ensure they don't have adverse reactions. Reapply the insecticide every few days, especially after rain, to maintain potency.