I always use natural methods in the garden, especially when battling beetles and other pests. Some beetles, such as the ladybug and lady beetle are helpful insects that eat other destructive bugs. Others are not so nice to have around. They make a feast out of your garden produce, leaving it inedible and riddled with bugs. Here are some clever natural methods for keeping beetles out of your garden.
1. Plant radishes with your cucumbers. Cucumber beetles are real pests. Not only do they feed on tender shoots, they will spread bacterial wilt from one plant to another in the garden. One of the best natural methods of discouraging these pests is to plant radishes with your cucumber. Cucumber beetles really hate radishes and won’t go near them.
2. Build a bat house. Predators are always an effective natural method for keeping beetles out of the garden. Bats may creep you out but they only come out and night and will gobble your beetle population down to nothing. You don’t have to harvest them from the bat cave. Just build a bat house near your garden. If you build it, they will come.
3. Cover cucumbers with cheesecloth. Cucumbers are most vulnerable to beetles when young. When you plant your seedlings, drape cheesecloth over them to keep beetles out. You may have to hold the cheesecloth down with rocks so beetles can’t crawl under it. Cheesecloth has enough holes to let in the light, air and water, while still keeping beetles out of your cucumbers.
4. Use shiny aluminum foil. For some reason, shiny stuff is very unappealing to beetles. When used as a mulch around plants, it very effectively keeps beetles away. You can crumple foil, but I like to use it flat. Just cut a circle of foil or other shiny flat material with a center hole. Place it on the ground and plant your seeds in the dirt showing.
5. Fight beetles with other bugs. Another natural enemy of beetles is the two spotted stink bug. This creature’s name tells you how attractive it is. The good news is, it won’t harm your plants and will gobble up plenty of beetles. You can also try spined spider bugs. A more attractive natural predator for beetles is the ladybug. Any of these can be used as natural methods for keeping beetles out of the garden.