1. Plant lots of palm trees

- this should be obvious and you’ve probably already done this step

2. Remove all flowers

- butterflies won’t spawn after this however if you are so inclined they don’t spawn around hibiscus shrubs so you can leave them

3. Cut down all deciduous trees and remove all stumps

- leave as few trees as you’d like if you want to catch scarab beetles, rainbow stags and giant stags

- if you do leave some, actively scare away cheap bugs as soon as you see them! 

That should be a general rule. There’s a limit to the number of bugs on the island so scare off the cheap bugs actively. That way you force the game to respawn more bugs (which are hopefully big beetles).

So good so far… but what about stuff like wharf roaches, tiger beetles, locusts, and hermit crabs? Well remember, if you don’t give them a place to spawn they won’t spawn


Just litter crap all over every walkable tile on your island. Bugs can only spawn on empty spaces. I’m working on getting the beach covered too but I’m going p casually about it (ie each day just throw coconuts and shells into the center). In a pinch you can dig holes but they don’t stay on the island and you can’t walk through them (duh).

The way the algorithm works it seems that bugs tend to spawn in the same place so if you walk around and a roach has appeared onscreen, just drop an item on that spot. I dunno if covering every single tile will mean no more ground bugs but in either case, if you see them, chase them into the water.

In my experience this made beetle hunting go so much faster that I rarely circle the beach more than once before seeing something worth catching (whereas before I’d be lapping the beach constantly). God knows I should spend more time working IRL to earn actual money rather than bells T w T. Anyway, hope this helps and saves you some time.




Animal Crossing New Leaf Guide - An app by jRuston Apps

I found this app via tumblr about a month ago, and since then it’s undergone massive updates to make it EVEN BETTER and it’s just… you will not regret trying it!

I can only speak for the Android version of this app, as I don’t have an iPhone but I am seriously, thoroughly impressed and.. well I’ll just get to it shall I?

  1. Think of this app as sort of a MEGA SUPER CHECKLIST for almost EVERYTHING in the game. I’m talking, fossils, flower breeds, art, KK Tracks, bugs and fish (including their times, locations and sell prices), neighbors and their coffee orders, public works projects… the list goes on.
  2. It can be used without an internet connection, this means that all the info you need is on your device ready to be used at any time without having to pull data from the internet. Need to look up the price for a Golden Stag but the wifi is down? No problem, it’ll be on the app.
  3. Not only does it give you the times, locations and prices of all fish and bugs, but it also has a feature that tells you what can be caught specifically today.
  4. It will remind you of upcoming events in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and if you’ve marked which villagers you currently have in your town, it will let you know when their Birthday is coming up!
  5. The app is really clean and pretty, not cluttered - something that’s important to me, I hate messy apps. The free version does have ads which aren’t very intrusive, but personally I paid the $1 or $2 to remove them, and I don’t regret a thing. This guy is great for creating such a streamlined app and he’s constantly updating it an adding new features!

Get it on GooglePlay or the Itunes Store.