What You Should Know About Japanese Beetles

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There are many types of pests that can infest your yard and plants. One such type of pest is the Japanese beetle. If you have never heard of Japanese beetles before or do not know much about them, get to know some of the important facts about Japanese beetles. Then, you can be sure to take the proper pest control measures right away if you ever notice a Japanese beetle infestation in your yard.

What Does a Japanese Beetle Look Like?

Japanese beetles are very distinguishable based on their coloring. They have almost emerald green bodies and wings that are coppery in color. This makes them stand out from many other types of beetles and insects in your yard. 

What Attracts Japanese Beetles?

Japanese beetles are attracted to many different kinds of plants and flowers. Apple trees, for example, can be a big lure for Japanese beetles. Black walnut trees, cherry bushes, or even roses can also attract these insects. They are attracted to sweet scents and foods. 

Because such a wide variety of plants can attract Japanese beetles, it can be difficult to prevent them from entering your yard just based upon what you plant. So, do not go and take down your apple trees just because they could attract Japanese beetles. 

Is a Japanese Beetle Infestation Serious?

Japanese beetles can do a lot of damage to your lawn and the other plants and trees you have in your yard. The larvae of Japanese beetles are subterranean, meaning they live burrowed underground. They will damage the grass and plants at the roots.

The adult beetles, on the other hand, devour the flesh of the leaves of plants leaving only the veins. They will also feed on fruit from fruit trees. This means they have a multi-pronged attack on the plants in your yard and can do extensive damage throughout your landscaping.  

What Can You Do About a Japanese Beetle Infestation?

A Japanese beetle infestation is multi-pronged which means your attack must be similarly multi-pronged. You will need to treat the soil with pesticides that will kill the larvae. You will also need to spray for adult beetles and try to physically remove the Japanese beetles from your plants. Killing the beetles can be as simple as shaking them into a bucket of soapy water, for example. 

The best thing you can do, because the process of eradicating Japanese beetles is so complicated, is to contact a pest control services company. They will be able to help you get rid of the larvae and the adult beetles and can come back for follow-up appointments to ensure the infestation does not return. 

Knowing all of this about Japanese beetles, you can be sure you contact a pest control services provider at the first sign of a Japanese beetle infestation in your yard. 

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