What can you do when your garden is under attack by Japanese Beetles? There are many solutions on the internet; however, I found one that is safe for your garden, as well as, the environment. It is Neem Oil, from the Neem (Azadirachta indica) evergreen tree located in the southern region and the penisula of Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. Apparently, Neem Oil has a bitter taste similar to garlic. It is used in organic farming and combats mealy bugs, beet armyworm, aphids, cabbage worms, thrips, whiteflies, miters, fungus gnats, beetles, moth larvae, mushroom flies, leafminers, caterpillars, locust, nematodes, and the Japanese beetle (Wikipedia 2018). Just spray it on your roses, flowers, and trees. According to Wiki, “It can also be used as a household pesticide for ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, houseflies, sand flies, snalis, termites, and mosquitoes, both as a repellent and larvicide” (Wikipedia 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil) Neem oil is not harmful unless ingested. Hand washing is important after usage. Pregnant women, women trying to conceive, and children should not be around it.


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