Beetles – Minimizing Dog Waste

Q: When we lived in Florida we used dung beetles to minimize dog deposits in the yard. It actually worked pretty well. Where can we get these critters here in Georgia?

A: Any cow pasture will have lots of dung beetles. Put a clothespin on your nose and use a short trowel to excavate under a cow patty to find them. There are dozens of dung beetle species so I don’t know if beetles you’ll find in a cow pasture will cooperate in removing dog “poo-lution”. I have more information on how to identify dung beetles and one source of the insects at

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