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The Beautiful Garden Flower That'll Keep Japanese Beetles At Bay
Japanese beetles are an invasive species that feed on over 300 types of plants and can quickly damage your garden. By planting geraniums, you can keep these pests at bay.
While most pest control methods deter insects, geraniums attract Japanese beetles. However, once they eat the flowers, they will become immobilized within 30 minutes.
Geranium of any color will cause paralysis starting with their back legs and leading them to roll onto their back. Predators are likely to eat the beetles during this time.
You can prepare a flower bed with only geraniums to lure in the beetles or place potted geraniums around your garden, as long as they're not too close to other flowers or veggies.