We have been gardening for three years now and have had little or no pests to deal with up until now. As of this week the dreaded Harlequin Beetle has arrived in our garden and in full force.
We do not use any chemicals or pesticides in our garden so for now we are going to just have to resort to picking them as we see them. I know that this ultimately futile in the long run because we just don’t have the time to spend in the garden 24 hours a day and they do.
So Google here we come looking for an organic alternative as to how to control them. I have heard that chickens and birds do not like to eat them because they are part of the stink bug family and emit an odor that is displeasing to them. However guinea hens are more aggressive and will eat them, at least that is what I have heard.
But since we live in a neighborhood that does not allow chickens, we are going to have to look for another organic way as to how to control them.
If any one has had any success as to how to control them organically, I would love to hear about it.
Thank you for any advice that you might be able to share!!!