Geraniums may hold the key to controlling Japanese beetle, which feeds on nearly 300 plant species, including many varieties of fruits and vegetables, according to scientists with the Agricultural Research Service.

Within 30 minutes of consuming geranium petals, the beetle rolls over on its back, its legs and antennae slowly twitch, and it remains paralyzed for several hours.

The beetles typically recover within 24 hours, but they often succumb to death after predators spot and devour the beetles while they are helpless.

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