How To Kill Japanese Beetles
Adult Japanse Beetles
- Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 inch long.
- Metallic green head and thorax (the area behind the head) with copper-brown wing covers.
- Sides of abdomen have five white patches of hairs, and tip of abdomen has two patches of white hair.
- Start looking in your gardens and lawn late June early July
- Damaged leaves attract Japanese beetles so make sure your shrubs, flowers, and plants are treated
- Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks so it is important to continue management until their numbers decrease. Once they are present in large numbers, managing them becomes more difficult.
- Most feedings are finished by mid to late August.
Larva (white Japanese grubs)
- C-shaped, white to cream-colored grubs with a distinct tan-colored head.
- Legs are easy to see.
- From 1/8 inch up to about one inch long.
- Japanese beetle grubs look like other white grubs and can only be positively distinguished by examining the pattern of spines and hairs on the underside of the tip of the abdomen.
- Grubs chew grass roots and reduce the ability of grass to take up enough water and nutrients to remain healthy. When grub feeding is severe, dead patches of grass develop.
- Controlling Japanese beetle grubs is unlikely to reduce numbers of adults on landscape plants because beetles emerging from non-treated grass areas can fly considerable distance to preferred adult food plants. Only treat white grubs to protect lawns from damage.
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The immature stage of the Japanese beetle – the white grub – typically has a three year life cycle. However, most of the damage to ornamentals and turf grass happens during the spring and fall the second year. This is when grubs are present in the top inch of the root zone, heavily feeding on grass roots and thatch. In the third year of the cycle, the grubs rise out of the soil as Japanese beetles. These beetles feed on surrounding plants and lay eggs in the soil throughout the summer. These eggs eventually hatch into grubs and the cycle begins again.
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I am battling the same problem! They are so bad this year, destroying my rose bush and patio plants too! Between them and the rabbits, it’s a full time job protecting my flowers!
I am so sorry. I hope the Neem Oil helps you and your yard.