If you’ve been outside lately you may have noticed a small shiny metallic green guest (or should we call it a pest). These are Japanese Beetles and outside of the summer heat, they love leaves, flowers, and wounded or overripe fruit so if you see Japanese Beetles you will most likely begin to see your plants and crops slowly disappear. Japanese Beetles tend to work in swarms and start at the top of a plant and work their way down. Plants in direct sunlight are usually the first to be devoured. This post will provide you with information on ways to get rid of Japanese Beetles.
What plants do Japanese Beetles Like?
If you have any of the below plants they are a Japanese Beetle favorite so keep a close eye on them.
- Japanese maple
- Norway maple
- Crape myrtle
- Pin oak
- Cherry or other fruit trees
Ways to controlling Japanese Beetles
- As soon as you see any signs of Japanese Beetles or your plants being fed on spray the plants with neem oil or Japanese Beetle Killer. A pyrethrin-based insecticide is a safer product for fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and roses and can help keep other types of beetles away, too.
- Pick off the beetles when you see them on the plants. Japanese beetles are slow, especially in the mornings. You can catch them. Once you catch them you can put them in soapy water to “get rid of them”.
- If you have a large yard trap the beetles using a Japanese Beetle trap. These traps or bags attract the beetles so if you have a smaller yard you are more likely doing your neighbors a favor by attracting them from their yard to yours. Leave the trap out for a day or two every few weeks.
- If you are ready to prevent next year’s beetles you can use a grub guard. the grubs turn into beetles so getting rid of them early will be helpful. Applying the guard in the spring is the most effective. Secondly, you can use a milky spore which works its way into your soil and is effective for up to ten years. A milky spore will also get rid of the grubs thus reducing your beetle problem.