Japanese Beetle Season – Your Options
The Beetles are Here to Destroy Your Plants
Japanese Beetles are Emerging in Droves
Adult Japanese beetle have begun their feast on about 300 species of plants – devouring leaves, flowers, and ripe fruit. They feed on the upper surface of foliage, chewing out tissue between the veins leaving leaves with “skeletonized” appearance. Since they are not native to North America, they have no natural predators.
If not treated, they will give you a double whammy. During June/July they will destroy your plants and trees – THEN lay eggs that will turn into root-eating GRUBS in the Fall.
There are several options for eradicating these invaders.
- For fast results, use a spray or a root drench pesticide. This option will also kill their root-hungry grubs.
- If you wish to use an organic product derived from Chrysanthemums, a Pyrethrin-based insecticide is a safe and effective way to control these pests. In addition to controlling Japanese beetles, it also controls a multitude of invasive insects.
- Neem Oil is another natural option, but typically requires multiple treatments.
Stop in or call us for advice on the best option for your garden.