Organic solutions for Japanese Beetle control?
I planted a container herb garden in hanging window boxes along my deck railing. Now I've been overrun with japanese beetles. I must have brought the suckers in as stowaways in the herbs (bought at Walmart) or could they have been in the potting soil?? Either way, it's my first experience with them. I thought they were June bugs, but my Father-in-law informed me they were JB's. At first (like a dummy) I was flicking them off into my lawn instead of killing them. Now I'm worried I just spread them all over my other flowers and they'll eat my roses next.
They have eaten all my sweet basil (it looks like Skeletor now!) and I'm sure the tomato/other herbs are next. What can I do to kill these things? I want to stay organic because I plan on eating the herbs. Plus I have two puppies who spend their days on the deck. If I just start smooshing them, will that control them? It creeps me out to crunch them, but I could do it if I have to.