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How Do We Get Rid of These Japanese Beetles?

They’re everywhere…on flowers, trees, plants. Everyone is posting how to get rid of the pesky bugs but what seems to be the best remedy?

You drive down the highway and you feel like you are being dive-bombed by the little critters. You can see them flying into your car. It’s almost like something from a sci-fi movie. Because they are strong fliers and frequently move about, by season’s end, adults are capable of having traveled many miles from where they lived as grubs. Japanese beetle adults are active for about 6 weeks in the summer.

Adult Japanese beetles are about a half-inch long and metallic green in color with bronze- or copper-colored wing covers. Groups of beetles feed on corn’s green silks and tassels, foliage of soybeans, and the fruit and foliage of more than 400 flowers, shrubs and trees.

As little as 10 to 15 years ago, Missouri was somewhat free of this bug with only a few scattered pockets of beetles being found in a few counties. Now, we may be lucky to have just a few counties that are free of this pest.

Is there anything you’re using that seems to be helping with getting rid of them?

Beau Matthews
Beau Matthews



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