Have you noticed your plants’ leaves shift from thick and hardy to thin and lacy this summer?
Frilly foliage is a sure sign that Japanese beetles have been chomping on your flowers and trees. They gnaw leaves down to the vein, leaving them skeletonized. In the worst cases, trees brown at the top and lose their leaves before fall.
Luckily, there are tons of ways to do away with these leaf-loving pests. Keep reading to find the best method for your plants.
Ah, the smell of rotting fruit in the morning! Japanese beetles flock right to it. So, keep them away by removing unhealthy or prematurely ripened fruit from your tree and the ground in spring.
Additionally, try applying a product that contains neem oil on your fruit tree in late summer or fall. This organic option both kills and repels beetles when it’s applied.
The most basic household items—soap and water—can help control your Japanese beetle infestation. If you have a small infestation, pick or shake bugs off trees and plants and drop them into soapy water to kill them.
You could also try Japanese beetle traps and bags. These work well to capture loads of beetles, but don't do anything to protect your plants and trees from damage.
If you’ve tried the above steps and Japanese beetles still swarming your yard, take it to the next level. Protect your plants, and have an expert apply an insecticide treatment. Two treatments between June and August are generally best to solve this problem.
Right around late July or early August, Japanese beetle eggs become lawn grubs that eat your grass all winter. So, look for these signs of grub damage, then apply this control.
Controlling Japanese beetle grubs is a smart way to protect your lawn. But it doesn’t mean Japanese beetles won’t return to eat your plants next year anyway. Japanese beetles can (and will) fly miles to eat your delicious garden.