IF YOU HAD ISSUES WITH JAPANESE BEETLES LAST YEAR, MORE THAN LIKELY, YOU WILL AGAIN THIS YEAR
The best defense in fighting Japanese Beetles is knowledge. The best strategy in eliminating, or at least reducing the damage done by Japanese Beetles, is through learning the life cycle and applying control measures at the appropriate times. Here we are at the end of June. Are you prepared and ready?
Japanese Beetles will come out of the ground and will fly around and eat on plants for about 30 to 45 days. Here are some ideas as to what you can do to eliminate or reduce plant damage:
WAYS TO REDUCE JAPANESE BEETLE DAMAGE
- As gross as this may seem, spend some time with your plants and handpick the beetles off the plants, putting the beetles into a bag. Beetles don’t bite. The more you handpick then the less egg laying will occur thus reducing the population and damage for now and in the future.
- You can spray your plants once you detect beetle damage. Spray with pyrethrin or Neem at the first sign of attack. Both are safe and effective in controlling beetle damage on plants.
- Another natural spray control is to mix 4 tablespoons of soap with a gallon of water and give all your plants a good, soapy bath. Also, since Japanese Beetles do not like the smell of garlic you can make a mixture of garlic powder and water in a sprayer and spray all plants that you are trying to protect.
- Don’t forget about the Japanese Beetle traps, with bait. Place the trap in a remote area away from the plants that you are wanting to protect from damage. The bait will draw the beetles into the bag. Over the past few years, many customers have shared with me how many bags they filled up with beetles.
- Yet another effective spray is the BONIDES CAPTAIN JACK’S DEAD BUG BREW. The main ingredient is SPINOSAD, which is an environmentally friendly, certified organic product. Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew is toxic to a wide variety of chewing insects and relatively non-toxic to mammals and beneficial insects, such as our bees, ladybugs, and praying mantis.
Be diligent with some or all of these steps this summer and your effort will go a long way in reducing future generations of beetles.
Here is the next step for control: Come September you want to apply a product called MILKY SPORE to the soil. Any Japanese Beetle eggs laid in the soil will pupate into larvae stag which is the white grub worm. While this larvae is on the top of the soil, the larvae will ingest the milky spore and die, and, at the same time will help multiply the amount of Milky Spore in the soil for even more control. Milky Spore is a very environmentally friendly product. Your strategy is to have the Milky Spore kill as many of these grubs in September before they go down deep into our soil for the cold winter months.
The third step for control of the Japanese Beetle population occurs in February or early March. You will want to reapply Milky Spore for further control of the white grub worm. When our soil begins to warm, the white grub worm works its way to the surface and feeds on grassroots, thus damaging our turf.
In a nutshell, your strategy for control of Japanese Beetles starts with hand picking. Place beetle traps in remote areas. Spray the adult beetle with an effective spray. And, put down Milky Spore in September and again in late February / early March.