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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director

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Japanese Beetle Update

Posted by John Fulton -

Japanese beetle numbers have been relatively low this year, but there have been instances of the "hoard" feeding on select plants. Noted feeding has been on fruit trees, crabapples, small fruits such as raspberries, and roses. Many insecticides will control the beetles, but check the label for use on the plants you want to spray and the days to harvest interval.

Hand picking is a possibility on small plants, and an alternative is to disturb beetles over a pail filled with soapy water. When disturbed, the beetles tend to fold wings and legs and drop, If you have the pail in the right place, the beetles should splash.

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