Japanese Beetles Are Ruining Yards
Japanese Beetles are wreaking havoc everywhere. They're destroying shrubs all the way down to the stems, leaving half eaten leaves and ruining yards.
Shane Palmer recently had a run-in with these beetles, "They were greenish black, they were small, there were hundreds of them." He noticed beetles destroying his Japanese Maple tree while he mowed his grass, "To see something that you've spent hundreds of dollars on being destroyed I wanted to get them taken care of pretty quickly."
Thomas Frizzi owner of Top Turf Lawn and Pest Control says Japanese beetles are a huge problem in our area right now, "This mild winter was easy on all the bugs. They didn't lose as many eggs so we have a bigger insect population."
Frizzi says ornamental shrubs like crape myrtles, river birches, roses, cherry trees, plum trees and japanese maples release pheromones that attract the beetles. He says there are two things beetles look for, "First they want food which is the soft tissue on the leaf that they can eat and two they're looking for other beetles so they can mate to lay their eggs."
Beetles only do cosmetic damage to your shrubs. They will not kill your tree completely but if you want to see your tree in full bloom with full leaves you're going to have to wait until next year.
If you see grubs in the dirt around your bushes or trees that's an early sign that you could soon have a japanese beetle problem.
Frizzi says be proactive and spray your shrubs with insecticide before the beetles do any damage. He says you can't completely eliminate the Japanese beetles but with insecticides, you can reduce them and keep them off your shrubs.