Bothersome Bugs Be Gone

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These pesky bugs can be nightmares for your garden. The 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide has advice on how to rid your plants of these creatures easily and effectively.

Bothersome Bugs Be Gone

Cutworms
• Put barriers, such as stiff paper or cardboard collars, around plants to help stop cutworms from reaching tender plant stems.
• Circle stems with diatomaceous earth or crusted eggshells.
• Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your plants.

Wasps
• Make a solution of sugar and water and put it in a small margarine tub.
• Make a small hole in the lid, place the lid on top of the tub, and hang it in a tree. The wasps will crawl in and not be able to get out.
• To dispose of the trap, place it in a plastic bag and seal the bag carefully before throwing it out.

Japanese Beetles
• Handpick the beetles. This is the most effective method.
• Shake the beetles from your plants onto tarps in the early morning and then drown them in soapy water.
• Drench sod with parasitic nematodes to kill larvae.

Earwigs
• Lay 1-foot sections of bamboo or garden hose in the beds between your plants. Check these “traps” each morning and dump the earwigs into a bucket of soapy water.
• Spread petroleum jelly around the stems of your plants. Earwigs won’t crawl over it.
 

For more advice on how to keep your garden gorgeous and healthy, purchase a copy of The 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide here!

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