The Creative Gardener – Dealing with Japanese Beetles

If you have not noticed by now, the Japanese beetles are back and back with a vengeance. Of course these insects always destroy most gardener’s favorite plants. In this article, I will give you a few tips on how to identify, control, prevent, and safe sprays to use to kill Japanese beetles.

Japanese beetle damage is pretty easy to identify. Usually their damage can be caught in the act. The signs of Japanese beetles include leaves that have been skeletonized or stripped down to their leaf stems or total defoliation of the leaf. Japanese beetles love to eat rosebuds from the inside out. Japanese beetles are roughly 3/8-inches long and ¼-inches wide. They have a shiny, green metallic body and copper colored wing shells.

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