The dreaded Japanese Beetle
Have a couple of bag a bugs at the edges of my property that have helped a little but not near enough. I have various sand cherry shrubs scattered around my courtyard fence and a rose bush that are being seriously assaulted by our friendly neighborhood pests. I have also used malthion solution to irritate them but they return when the malthion washes off. Is there a chemical that can be applied to the root system of plants safely that is absorbed into the plant and deters beetles either by scent or by taste? Or is there a chemical that effectively adheres to the plant topically that will keep the beetles away long enough that they move on? Any help from my gardening brethren would be greatly appreciated.
- 13 Aug, 2008