Keeping Japanese Beetles Away From Strawberries

How to rid strawberries of Japanese Beetles
Japanese Beetle on Strawberry Blossom

While strolling through my garden this evening, I encountered a colorful (very unwelcome) visitor on my strawberry plants.  Japanese Beetles love strawberries and eggplants (and most other vegetation) and will quickly destroy a plant in no time.   They are one of the most destructive garden pests.  Its best to deal with them as soon as they appear, since they attract each other with pheromones.

Since I only saw one, it was easy to deal with but from what I’ve read on some of the gardening sites, they can be very difficult to get rid of.

Some organic methods that are recommended are:

  • Flicking them into a dish of soapy water which will kill them.
  • Using traps to attract them (this is favored by some gardeners, but not recommended by others since it seemed to make the problem worse by attracting even more).
  • Applying Milky Spore (click here for product info) to your lawn and garden areas (one treatment can last for up to 15 years).
  • Picking them off and killing them.

Harvesting ripe fruit promptly helps too, since they are especially attracted to overripe fruit. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these pests and removing them as soon as they appear so they don’t take over my garden.