Japanese Beetle Trap Bags & Alternative Ways (printed in the July 2005 newsletter) Summer [usually around June 15th] in Virginia is when adult Japanese beetles start to take flight to find tasty ornamentals for eating, per local landscapers. Virginia Master Gardeners and Habitat team do not recommend using Japanese beetle trap bags. The scent of the traps is so strong that it actually lures thousands more beetles toward the bag than the trap can actually hold, thus creating even more potential damage to trees/bushes/flowers in the surrounding area. [Several recent university research reports support this finding.*] If you insist on using the traps, please be considerate of your neighbors and their properties and do not place traps within 50 feet of the lot line. Residents with small size proprerties are especially vulnerable as homes are very close together. There are alternative ways to deal with the adult Japanese beetle. Master gardeners and Fine Gardening Magazine recommend the following: in the early morning flick the drowsy beetles with a long-handled spatula or spoon into a container of soapy water to drown; [*]suck them up using a small handheld "bug vacuum" (do an Internet search for those); [*]plant a ring of garlic and/or chives around affected plants as a repellent. And put down Milky Spore powder in your yard and flower beds. One Milky spore powder treatment takes 1 to 3 years to be fully effective but can rid a yard of Japanese beetle grubs, thereby stopping the life cycle for 10 to 20 years. Only 1 application of milky spore powder is needed when compared to several applications of the milky spore granules (or other types of Japanese beetle grub control). For other interesting ways to repel or get rid of adult Japanese beetles, please see this thread and other chat threads under this Nature forum. *please see below for excerpts from University research reports regarding beetle traps.