If you have ever come across a Japanese beetle, you would be fascinated by their appearance. They are slightly larger than other types of insects, and they have shiny green bodies with copper-colored wings. However, as beautiful as they seem, they can really do a number on the rosebuds in your lawn, because those are what they love the most.
If you are searching for ways on how to control these beautiful creatures from gnawing on your leaves and flowers, your search ends here. Have a look at the best ways for Japanese beetle control in the sections below.
Take Defensive Measures
If you have seen Japanese beetles in your neighbor’s lawn, or you have noticed defoliation in your garden, it is best to proactively protect your flora and fauna. The best remedy against Japanese beetles is the pyrethrin compound, and you can find special Japanese Beetle Killer sprays with pyrethrin as an ingredient. Spray this all over your plants, and the beetles will think twice before coming close.
Pyrethrin-mixed sprays are safe to use on all types of vegetables, fruits, berries, flowers and plants as well. Another way to keep Japanese beetles away is to use neem oil, which you can mix with water and spray all over your affected plants. Neem is more effective when you notice that Japanese beetles have already started picking at your leaves or plants. It keeps them from feeding on the leaves again.
Keep Them From Growing
If you have Japanese beetles in your lawn, not only will they eat up your plants, but also lay eggs all over the garden. These eggs turn into lawn grubs, which start eating the roots of your garden. Ultimately, these grubs evolve into Japanese beetles and eat up your plants, and this vicious cycle keeps repeating itself!
To put an end to this cycle, make sure to use the first method to get rid of the Japanese beetles that are already present in your lawn. Once they are driven away, you can release “beneficial nematodes” in your garden, which are microorganisms who hunt and eat the grubs. You can easily find them from a gardening store. For best results, apply them in the spring, because that is when the Japanese beetles start to rear their heads.
After you have applied the nematodes, the second step is to grab Milky Spore powder from a gardening store and spread it all over your garden. Both these steps work together to keep Japanese beetles away for a good 5 to 10 years. Make sure to apply Milky Spore at least a year prior, since it takes time to settle.
This brings our guide on Japanese beetle control to an end. These pests like certain plants more than others, such as roses, apple, Japanese maple, Norway maple, Birch, and a few others. So, if you have these in your lawn, make sure to look out for these beautiful pesky creatures.