How To Get Rid Of Leaf Beetles
Plants can make all the difference to your yard. It can turn your lot into a beautiful vista. While plants can be a decoration, source of food and healthy gases, they are quite hard to take care of. Aside from the gardening skills you need, you also have to know about pest reduction as pests are your number one enemy when it comes to gardening. One of the pests you must watch out for are beetles, particularly leaf beetles.
Leaf beetles are a type of beetle that feed on plant leaves. They are actually quite similar with bugs, and even the removal methods for bugs are quite the same with leaf beetles. There are several things that you can do to remove the leaf beetles from your yard once they have started to attack your plants. If you see that the leaves of your plant are filled with holes because of the leaf beetles’ doing, here are some things you can do to get rid of leaf beetles.
Pick and squish
This is probably the most effective method to get rid of the leaf beetles but it is not really too practical if the leaf beetles infestation is already too much. If there are only a few plants where these leaf beetles are hanging around, you can just pick those leaf beetles and squish them to death one by one. While it may take some time for you to finish battling with leaf beetles using your hands, you can be guaranteed that once each and every leaf beetles has been killed, your plants will be happy again.
If the leaf beetles population has grown and picking them one by one is just not the way to go, you can use a vacuum cleaner to help you capture those leaf beetles. Simply go out to your yard, plug in your vacuum cleaner and let it suck all those leaf beetles. Be careful when using vacuum though because you might get more than those leaf beetles. Once you have finished vacuuming them up, you can release the leaf beetles in hot soapy water and watch them die. Dispose properly afterwards.
Sticky traps are widely used when it comes to eliminating plant insects and pests. They are pretty easy to use because all you have to do is purchase a trap and set it up on your plant. The downside of using sticky traps is that it is not very accurate in catching leaf beetles, plus it will take some time before you can catch every leaf beetle using sticky traps. Moreover, you have to check the traps every now and then to see whether you have captured any leaf beetle.
This is not really the best way to kill those leaf beetles because using chemicals might also harm your plants. Nevertheless, if you are willing to take the risk, pesticides can surely kill those leaf beetles. You can get pesticides at your local gardening store. When you buy one, make sure to get the most environmentally friendly. Some store also sell “organic pesticides” so you can try buying this kind instead of something with high chemical contents.
Ask a gardener
If the leaf beetles infestation is too much for you to handle, you can always ask a gardener for his advice. You can also hire one to help you out in getting rid of leaf beetles.