What’s bugging you?
Japanese beetles have become some of the most destructive pest in Wisconsin & Illinois in recent years. Many of us remember a time when there were no Japanese beetles, but unfortunately those days are gone forever. Now the challenge is how to grow the trees, plants and flowers we love without sharing them with the voracious beetles.
In Japan, where these beetles are native, there are natural predators that keep the beetles in check. However in the U.S., our birds haven’t developed a taste for them. Stopping Japanese beetles from devouring your garden plants is very much up to you!
As this chart shows, those awful beetles are causing destruction for almost 9 months of the year.
During the early winter, and again in the early spring, the larvae of the beetles are busy chewing on the roots of your lawn. The larvae then pupate into the beetle. Once they hatch out (usually about the 4th of July in our area), they quickly fly to one of over 300 plants they regard as food. One classic sign of beetle damage is the way they eat the green portion of leaves without eating the veins. It creates a skeleton of a leaf, almost pretty if not so destructive.
Some of their favorites in our area are:
*roses (darn bugs!)
*basil (can’t say they don’t have good taste!)
*your favorite flower
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There are lots of remedies for Japanese beetles, both organic and non organic. Many are systemic, being absorbed into the plant to provide an “inner armor” again the beetles. Treating trees, which can become completely leafless if not protected, is especially important using systemic insecticides since spraying a 30 foot tree is virtually impossible. The staff at K&W is very knowledgeable about the best methods for protecting your plants, whether a tall tree, edible fruit, flower or lawn. Stop in to find the best answers for what’s bugging you?