Killing Japanese Beetles: A True Story
I've made money in about eighty different ways, but killing
Japanese beetles for gardeners never came to mind as a job. It's
something new, and that's one thing 'm enjoying about running
my Most Interesting Money Maker Contest. I get to hear
about all these ways I've never never considered nor even heard
of. So here is the story/contest entry about the Japanese beetles
sent in by a subscriber to the Unusual Ways newsletter...
When I was around 12 I found a great way to make some money.
Living in suburbia in Ohio everybody had their own veggie garden.
The problem was an outbreak of the Japanese beetle. If you ever
encountered a Japanese beetle they are pesky little creatures
with a hard shell and a love of destroying everyone's garden.
There was also not any easy to use pesticides at the time to
kill them off, until I came along.
After testing out on my parent's garden I realized that
dunking the beetles in hot water brought them a quick death.
So I started selling my services to the neighbors; I would get
rid of your beetles at a price of 5 cents per beetle. In a couple
of hours I could put down 200 to 300 of these critters, and could
usually pull in 15-20 dollars a job which was a lot of money
back then, and even better I was fighting off invasive species.
I did this every summer for maybe 3 or 4 years, you know until
I discovered girls.
Now I think I could make even more money if I found something
to do with the dead beetles, either making them into some sort
of organic gardening product, or as fish food.
Or maybe make them into earrings - I've seen stranger jewelry.
Come to think of it my wife and I sold earring made of fish scales.
Maybe they could be made of Japanese beetle wings. In any case,
thanks for the story.
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