Have you been down S 6th St recently in Minneapolis? Every time I am down there I am amazed by the speed at which the new Viking stadium is being built. It seems like it was just yesterday that it was nothing more than a city block of dirt and rubble. Things are really beginning to take shape in a hurry.
Many Hands Make Light Work
A much less anticipated project is starting to build momentum in landscapes across the Twin Cities right now; its workforce is known as Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles feed on about 300 species of plants, devouring leaves, flowers, and overripe or wounded fruit. They usually feed in groups, starting at the top of a plant and working downward. The beetles are most active on warm sunny days, and prefer plants that are in direct sunlight. A single beetle does not eat much; but it is the group feeding of many beetles that results in severe damage. They too understand what can be accomplished by having many bodies focused on the same objective.
They Came out of Nowhere!
Japanese beetles hide out underground and overwinter in the grub stage. When soil temperature climbs above 50°F in the spring, the grubs begin to move up into the root zone. Following a feeding period of 4-6 weeks, the grubs pupate in an earthen cell and remain there until they emerge as adults.
No need to wait for these pesky critters to show their shinny green shells to us before we decide we should do something about them. The key is to start treating before the grubs emerge as adults and begin using your prize winning rose bushes as a three coarse meal. Call Rove today to schedule your free inspection to learn more about the cure to these mini wrecking balls.
Learn More About Japanese Beetles with these FAQs
How to get rid of Japanese Beetles in your yard?
While the defoliation of beloved plants can be extremely frustrating, it is important to note that not all yards in a given neighborhood are equally affected by the annual Japanese Beetle invasions. Being familiar with the top 6 approaches to keeping Japanese Beetles out of your yard can put you ahead of the game the next time the dreaded season comes around.
How to get rid of Japanese Beetles in your home?
Japanese beetles are an outdoor pest tightly tethered to plants which they feed on and the grassy ground where they lay their eggs. If one of these beetles finds its way inside, you can rest assured that it did not mean to end up there and is not planning a long-term stay-cation inside. There are 3 key principles to keep in mind when considering how to keep these beetles outside of your home:
How to get rid of Japanese Beetles on your plants/roses?
Being familiar with the top 6 approaches to keeping Japanese Beetles off of your roses and other plants can put you ahead of the game the next time the dreaded season comes around.
How to get rid of Japanese Beetles naturally?
Certain trees, shrubs and plants are more susceptible than others to the voracious Japanese Beetles. Whether you are planning a new landscape or looking to alter what is already there, you can select plants that are best at keeping the annoying beetles away.
How to get rid of Japanese Beetles with home remedies?
Certain essential oils have been found to be effective in repelling or at least reducing the attractiveness of certain plants to Japanese Beetle populations.
How to prevent Japanese Beetles?
Be vigilant with regard to the effectiveness of your chosen method. Adjust as needed and keep ahead of the beetles as much as possible.
Are there Japanese Beetles traps/baits and where to place them?
There are a variety of Japanese beetle traps that can be purchased to aid in Japanese Beetle control. The basic concept linking the bag and the plastic container varieties is the use of a natural sex attractant along with a floral lure. Since Japanese Beetles feed on plant life, attractants need to be pheromone or plant related.
How long do Japanese Beetles live/lifespan?
They develop under the soil first and then the first year developing through 5 instar stages before emerging.
When is Japanese Beetle season?
The season differs depending on grub vs adult Japanese Beetle, learn more, click the link below.
Do Japanese Beetles live in the ground?
Japanese Beetles spend a lot of their lifespan underground, click below to learn more.
What kind of plants do Japanese Beetles eat?
They will feed on a wide variety trees, shrubs, and flowers
What are Japanese Beetles attracted to?
Click below to learn about the landscape, colors and pheremones Janpanese Beetles are attracted to.
What are natural predators to Japanese Beetles?
What types of birds/chickens eat Japanese Beetles?
Other Predators of Japanese Beetles
Animals such as skunks, moles, and raccoons are known for their voracious consumption of grubs and other insects. Praying mantis will also gladly feed on these adult beetles.
Are Japanese Beetles damaging to trees?
Japanese beetles do damage to most trees by eating the leaves.
Are Japanese Beetles damaging to fruit trees?
What does Japanese Beetles damage look like?
Click below for information and pictures of damage.