The Dreaded Japanese Beetle

The Japanese beetle is a familiar yet pestering presence in our gardens. They usually damage roses, as these thorny flowers are their favorites. Don’t lose time thinking that this year they might not be a problem, because the nuisance is around the corner.

It’s important to get your garden pest control chores ready! A single Japanese beetle does not do much damage when feeding on a plant, but when they gather in larger groups, they create chaos in the garden, destroying the leaves of shrubs, trees and bushes.

Roses, elms, maples and crab apples are the favorite meals for the Japanese beetle, but this insect also likes weeds like bracken or poison ivy. These beetles don’t pester your garden for all the warm months of the year. They have life cycles, and they feed more intensely for a month or so. Some years are better than others, that’s why experts recommend that you don’t use chemical sprays right away, and try to do a bit of natural pest control.

Some gardeners will just go in the garden with a jar of soap and catch the beetles feeding in groups. Or toxic soap can be sprayed on the insects. Chemical solutions ought to be used with caution because of the downsides for the environment. Unfortunately, there are no other insect populations that can control the Japanese beetle. Some wasp species have been introduced in the United States, but so far the effect has not been that significant.

Japanese beetle traps are also problematic because although they seem to work, they attract more insects into your garden. This solution could easily backfire. As for chemical products like Orthene or Spectracide, they leave toxic residues that could be a danger for your health and the environment. The best solutions to deal with the Japanese beetle are natural ones that are easy to use and pose no threat for the environment.

The Internet offers quite numerous sources of information on the Japanese beetle, and you can get in touch with other fellow gardeners who have been successful at this pest control. Sometimes the measures you need to take one year differ from those you used a year before and so on. This variation results from the specificity of the beetle population.

You can even learn about the Japanese beetle species as such, if you are new to gardening and you don’t know what you are up against. A bit of reading will prepare you better in the eventuality of pest aggravation in your garden. Good luck!

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