Country Lore: Use Beetle Traps to Control Japanese Beetles

Control Japanese beetles by catching them in beetle traps. These pesky Japanese beetles make great snacks for catfish, bluegills and other pond fish.
By Bob Falk
June/July 2008
Add to My MSN

Catfish and bluegill love pesky Japanese beetles.
Photo by Bob Falk


Content Tools

Related Content

The Future of Forests

A bark beetle outbreak is causing widespread damage in Western forests, but we have every reason to ...

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Soar: Saving Garden Space with a Potato Tower

Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-...

How Can I Control Blister Beetles?

Blister beetles can be picked up fairly easily; just remember to wear gloves!

Canning Will Wear YOU Out

Canning is the penance for spring, when you couldn’t stop yourself from putting out one more row of ...

I’ve been after my rose-growing wife to buy chickens for years now. I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to convince her that chickens would help control Japanese beetles that damage her flowers.

With last year’s hot, dry summer here in Ohio, the beetle population was out of control, so until we get those chickens, we put up a few beetle traps that use scent lures to attract and trap pests.

When the beetle trap bags fill up with the beetles, I put them in the freezer for about a day to chill them. Then I feed the beetles to the fish in our pond. The catfish can eat a dozen of them in a mouthful and the bluegill love them, too!

Bob Falk
Bluffton, Ohio








Post a comment below.

 

Curt Bolin
7/30/2008 9:53:33 AM
After reading this article, I thought why not put the beetle trap in the water, I cut the end off the bag, held it open with some wire, hung it in the water, about a half-inch off the water. The beetles fall into the water, float out and the fish lay and wait on them. I had the end in the water first but the fish kept knocking it down when the would jump up into the bottom of the bag to the the beetles.








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.