- Hand-picking and destroying the beetle is the cheapest organic method, but with thousands of beetles present at one time this option is limited in its effectiveness.
- Plant selection: When possible, remove the beetles’ host plants and replace with plants/trees that are not on their “favorites” list.
- Japanese beetle traps work by emitting a scent that allures the beetle to the trap. You’ll end up with a bag full of beetles, but this method can actually attract more beetles to your area.
- Apply an insecticidal spray before their arrival and then reapply as needed when the adult beetles are present and active.
- Organic control (aimed at controlling the Japanese beetle grub) includes milky spore, nematodes and a naturally occurring bacteria (Btj) added to the soil. These methods are somewhat expensive, especially if they need to be applied to a large area. In most cases they take a few seasons to be effective, but once established they’ll control the beetle infestation for several years.
So what’s all this have to do with chickens?