Hi all. I live in Northern IL, (almost Wisconsin) and I have found those shiny black/green irridescent Japanese beetles on SO MANY plants this year, and they do a great deal of damage. I have tried several different remedies, each with their own degree of effectiveness, and was about to try the Japanese beetle traps. If you don't know, they look like a hanging bag with a plastic top and a scent attractant on it, which the beetles hit and then fall into the bag and can't get out. I have several questions about these traps.
First of all, I was wondering where the best place was to put the trap.... away from the plants to lure them away, or around the plants where the beetles actually are? Second, will I be attracting beetles from other yards that weren't in my yard to begin with? lol (Sounds like it could be a double edged sword!) And thirdly, does anyone have a method of ridding their flower garden of these beetles that they like better than the trap, or are the traps the way to go? I would love any help/comments you may have. Thanks all!