Harmful insects

Japanese Beetle Control: Catch and Freeze

Bread bag used to catch Japanese beetles.

When I do my daily rounds collecting Japanese beetles and other unwanted insects in the garden, I catch them using a bag with an opening diameter of about 6 inches (15 cm) and at least 1 foot (30 cm) long, like a bread bag.

By folding the edge of the bag over my fingers, I can turn it into a funnel and control the opening. The insects fall to the bottom and can’t get out.

When I’ve finished my harvest, I just seal the bag and put it in the freezer. The insect pests quickly fall into an eternal sleep.

The next day, I empty the bag in the garden, on the lawn or in the compost where they can decompose and enrich the soil, thus turning an enemy into something useful.

It’s less cruel and more ecological than most other insect control methods.

Nathalie Charbonneau

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

11 comments on “Japanese Beetle Control: Catch and Freeze

  1. Good idea. I captured two Grasshoppers on my Salvia yesterday. They were the size of a hot dog, and plenty upset. I don’t use pesticides on my blooming plants because of Bee’s and Hummingbirds, so capture and dispose is my method.

  2. I used milky spores & have not seen JB on my grape or roses.

  3. Margaret

    Nice one!

  4. Now, that is interesting.

  5. Amusing, but too much work. What is so difficult about squishing them? I would not want them in my freezer anyway. They would likely eat all my ice cream before they die.

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