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Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Control Japanese Beetles and Take Your Garden Back!

Japanese Beetles devouring the flesh of leaves so that just the veins are left.

Do you want to get rid of Japanese beetles on your plants?

Are they eating the leaves of your favourite plants until nothing is left but the skeleton of the leaf?

Are the grubs leaving brown / dead spots in your yard?

Here are some tried and proven ways to kill Japanese beetles and their grubs.

The best and most effective way to kill them is to pick them off with your fingers or shake the branches of your plants and put the beetles in a solution of 1 tbsp dish soap and a gallon of water.

You can also vacuum them off with a vacuum cleaner and dump the bag or canister into the water solution.

This DOES work on small infestations but it is time consuming.


Get Rid of Japanese Beetle using Traps

A yellow and green Japanese beetle trap hanging from a wire

Traps (available through Amazon) are another way to get rid of Japanese beetles but keep in mind that they do attract beetles from other yards as well.

You could end up with a lot of these bugs in your yard.

If you use the traps, keep them at the back of your yard, far away from your favourite plants.

You can also try using parasitic wasps and flies which are beneficial insects and will hunt them which could help control the population of the beetles.

Lawn Grub Control

A white Japanese beetle grub lying in dirt.

If you want to get rid of Japanese Beetle Grubs spray your yard with 2 tbsp of dish soap mixed with 1 gallon of water. This will cover an area of about 1000 square feet.

When the mixture reaches the grubs, they rise out of the soil and birds will eat them.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac these organic sprays do work.

Nematode (available through Amazon) will kill the grubs and any soil dwelling insects. When the grubs are still small, soak your lawn with water, apply Nematode as directed and then soak your lawn again.

Milky Spore is reported to work effectively and is a safe and organic way to control these beetle grubs or larvae.  It’s a natural occurring bacteria that is spread over your lawn and will kill the grubs before they reach adulthood.

The grubs eat the spores, which will reproduce while inside the grubs and kill them within 7-21 days. Milky Spore is available through Amazon.

Tips on Japanese Beetle Control

There are insecticides that will work to get rid of Japanese beetles but they are poisonous to honey bees and other beneficial insects so please be careful when using them.

Weeds and plants that attract Japanese Beetles.

If you have any of these plants try planting garlic, rue herb or tansy (an invasive herb) around them to help protect them from Japanese beetles.

A close up picture of a Japanese Beetle


  • Fruit trees – cherry, peach, plum, apple, and apricot
  • Roses
  • Norway maple
  • Japanese maple
  • Crape myrtle
  • Birch Tree
  • Pin oak or sometimes call swamp Spanish oak
  • American linden


  • Poison ivy
  • Wild grapes
  • Bracken – a large fern
  • Elder or elderberry
  • Multiflora rose – also known as baby rose, Japanese rose, many-flowered rose is an invasive shrub
  • Smartweed – very invasive weed that loves shade
  • Indian mallow – a tropical flowering plant

Plants for Japanese Beetle Control

Japanese beetles tend to stay away from these plants so they are good plants to have in your yard.

  • Burning bush
  • Dogwoods
  • Boxwood
  • Holly
  • Hemlocks
  • Magnolia
  • Ash Trees
  • Northern red oak
  • Redbud Trees
  • Red Maple trees
  • Most vegetables
  • And Geraniums - The Beetles will consume the flowers and leaves and die

If you know of any other ways that you have tried and have worked to get rid of Japanese beetles contact us and we can add it to this page.

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