| You've spent a hard day's night working in your yard, when suddenly you notice the leaves on your prized rose bush have been skeletonized. "Oh, no!" you shriek. "It's the work of a Japanese beetle. Help! I need somebody--now!" If you detect the presence of these damaging pests in your yard, you can't just let it be. You must work eight days a week to protect your lawn and garden from further damage before this beetle invasion starts a revolution in your neighborhood. (But, do you want to know a secret? You can get by with a little help from your friendly exterminator.) |
Pests Act Naturally Vibrant metallic green with copper-colored wing covers,an adult Japanese beetle is distinguishable from other beetles by its hair--five tufts of white mane on each side of its abdomen. At less than a half inch long, a single beetle can't do much damage, but these beetles work in concert to attack your plants and lawn.
When one beetle finds a good feeding spot, it sends out an aggregation pheromone inviting its friends over for dinner. Together they start at the top of a plant, feasting on its luscious tender parts. When they have finished their meal, all that remains is skeletonized leaf outlines. Meanwhile, they drop off their little grubs underground to teeth on plant roots, leaving telltale dead spots in your otherwise green lawn.
Hello, GoodbyePest control for these unwelcome lawn guests can take many forms. Hand picking, planting non-appetizing plant varieties, trapping, or spraying works on adult Japanese beetles, while biological controls and insecticides work on their grubs. To prevent these little pests from destroying your lawn and garden, consult with a pest control specialist. He'll assure you, "We can work it out."
Ohio State University: Control of Japanese Beetle Adults and Grubs in Home Lawns
University of Kentucky: Managing Adult Japanese Beetles