This week in the garden I found alot of these:
These are japanese beetle grubs. They are responsible for killing most of the plants I planted in the landscape last year. I plan on taking care of these vile bugs in 3 ways:
#1 by buying beneficial nematodes from a Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP) member such as:
ARBICO Organics, Arizona
The Bug Factory, California
Becker Underwood, Iowa
Gardens Alive!, Indiana
#2 I plan on stopping by Lowe’s to pick up some St. Gabriel Organics Milky Spore Japanese Beetle Control. This is a beneficial fungus that is not harmful to man, animals or the environment, safe to use around water ways and does not harm beneficial insects. It works by killing the grub stage of the Japanese Beetle the natural bacteria eats the grub from the inside. The drawback on this is that it takes 2-4 years for it to build up enough in your soil to actually kill the grubs but after that it lasts for 10 years. Better than pesticides I guess.
#3 Whenever I dig up these little pests in the soil I plan on deriving great satisfaction from squishing them between my thumb and forefinger and hearing them *POP*.
For more info on biological control, check out The BugLady