Hummingbirds vs Japanese beetles
It has been a banner year for Japanese beetles here. They are devouring everything from Virginia creeper, to echinacea to monarda. They have damaged my butterfly and hummingbird food plants. How do I protect the plants from Japanese beetles without poisoning the hummingbirds, caterpillars and butterflies? [Has the drought contributed to this year's proliferation of Japanese beetles in our garden?]
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The Japanese beetle season is just about over--it lasts about six weeks. My favorite solution for the Jap beetles is to go out early in the morning when it is still cool and pick them off the plants--squash, step on, or drop them in a jar of soapy water. Do this every morning. Never put beetle traps in your yard--they will attract beetles from miles around!

Answered by BHGgardenEditors