Introducing The Japanese Beetle, A Very Pesky Pest!


Introducing The Japanese Beetle, A Very Pesky Pest!

Introduced to the Eastern United States over 100 years ago, the Japanese beetle is an invasive pest. It made its way to Colorado in the early 1990s. These beetles are big eaters and can cause a lot of damage to over 300 different plant species found around Colorado and its landscape. This can be devastating to your lawn and garden.  Lawn and Tree Solutions by Growing Green offers insect control for these beetles, but also wants to share some tips on what you can do yourself to avert this pesky bug!

First, if possible, only use plants that the Japanese beetle does not like. Lawn and Tree Solutions by Growing Green suggests using plants like: catnip, garlic, odorless marigold, white geranium, tansy, chives, or rue. The Japanese beetle hates these plants and therefore your yard and garden will not attract them. Some plants to avoid because the Japanese beetle loves them are: roses, flowering crabapple trees, raspberry, pin oak, grapes vines, hibiscus, and crape myrtle. 

Next, the female Japanese beetle likes to use well irrigated Kentucky bluegrass or other types of turf grass to lay their eggs. For this reason, if you have these grasses, you should make them appear as unattractive to the beetle as possible. You can do this by reducing irrigation to these grasses. 

Another tip Lawn and Tree Solutions by Growing Green suggests and perhaps the most simple and obvious is to remove and kill the beetles when you find them on your plants and lawn. If, each evening you check for and collect the beetles, you can drop them in a bucket of soapy water to kill them, the next day, there will be fewer and fewer beetles to contend with.

Another possible solution is to spray a mixture of soap and water, like that used in the bucket to kill the collected Japanese beetles. Combine a teaspoon of dish soap and mix it with quart of water. You can then pour this into a spray bottle to spray on plants and grasses you know the beetle to be. This mixture can suffocate the beetle. 

Another useful spray is neem oil. This oil will kill the beetle before it becomes an adult and has the chance to procreate, producing more beetles and more problems. When male beetles ingest neem oil, they pass it along to the eggs. When they hatch, the larvae do not get a chance to become adults. 

You could also hang beetle traps, which look not surprisingly like those wasp and bee traps you might see. These traps lure may beetles away from affected areas before they have a chance to mate. There are a variety of traps available for purchase. They work by have some kind of attractant that the male beetle is attracted to. This attractant lures the beetle to it where is will subsequently die, either because of the toxicant, or because it cannot escape the trap. 

These are just a few of the tips Lawn and Tree Solutions by Growing Green has to offer. These Japanese beetles can be real pests and destroy your lawn and garden, so if you want to deal with them quickly call us today at 303-429-4378.

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