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How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles during the time of the year create tremendous destruction on plants and vegetables in the Eastern part of United States. It was first found in Kentucky when accidentally introduced in New Jersey. The insect as its name connotes came from Japan, wherein it is not a major pest. United States create a favorable climate for these Japanese Beetles, thus, larger areas range throughout the northern part of the country. Continuous infestation demands a better riddance of these Japanese beetles. So let’s have a look at how to get rid of Japanese beetles. Keep reading to learn How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles.

Bucket of Water

Get yourself a bucket of water and pour some dish soap over the stems of the plants; it breaks the tension from holding on to the plants. After doing so, you can pick these Japanese beetles and drown them into the water. The dead beetles create a rancid smell deterring other beetles and even kill mosquitoes. Sounds funny but it is one of the most effective in getting rid of these Japanese beetles off your garden. Leave them in a spot where they usually appear for two to three weeks.

Vacuum Cleaner

Get this dust buster, go around in your garden and vacuum off these Japanese beetles.

Life Cycle

One of the major things to get rid of Japanese beetles is to interrupt their life cycle. Remember, these Japanese beetles emerge during the month of June, the male and female beetles mate. The female lays eggs at the end of July and ten days later, the eggs hatched. Then these Japanese beetles grow into larvae and then into grubs. These grubs brood into your grass or underneath your soil. A year after, they will turn to beetles and repeat the cycle itself. So how you will interrupt their cycle?

Find the scout beetles

First and foremost, these Japanese beetles have advance scout beetles marking territories as their good feeding grounds for others to follow. Once the scout beetles marked that ground, that garden is considered a Japanese beetle juice. And to avoid your garden to be the juice factory for these Japanese beetles, you have to catch and kill these scout beetles first so as not to start their brooding in your garden’s soil.


Chemical  Insecticide/Grubicide

Japanese beetles during the month of September have their natural way of protecting their eggs, larvae, and grubs from extreme weather condition. So, the best time to inject insecticide on your garden’s soil is in the months of June and July. Some of these effective insecticides are labelled for use against adult Japanese beetles. Examples include parathyroid products such as:

  • cyfluthrin (Tempo, Bayer Advanced Lawn & Garden Multi-Insect Killer)
  • bifenthrin (TalstarOne, Onyx)
  • deltamethrin (Deltagard)
  • lambda cyhalothrin (Scimitar, Spectracide Triazicide)
  • esfenvalerate (Ortho Bug-B-Gon Garden & Landscape Insect Killer)
  • permethrin (Spectracide Bug Stop Multi-Purpose Insect Control Concentrate and other brands)
  • Carbaryl (Sevin ).


Natural Repellant

Japanese beetles are attracted to diseased plants and trees. Keep your garden clean. Get rid of any rotten wood lying around your garden area, dispose any dead plants and shrubs, dead leaves, and dry grass. They also like windfall fruit from peaches and other early summer fruit trees. Japanese beetles rely heavily on scent especially when scouting and marking your garden, as much as possible avoid plants that they are attracted to such as roses, grapes, lindens, sassafras, Norway maple, Japanese maple, purple-leaf plum, and apples. Now you know How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles.


Originally posted 2015-03-02 18:27:23.

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