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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director

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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Japanese Beetle Update

Posted by John Fulton -

Most areas have experienced relatively few Japanese beetles for the second year in a row. Many credit the extreme cold, but probably just as important were the really poor egg laying and grub survival conditions of the past two summers. Laying eggs into dormant grass (due to the heat and dryness of the past two summers after July) doesn't bode well for survival. Darn….. Also, the natural diseases and predators of the grub have caught up. The exception is once again the advancing wave of the beetles where there are many more present. Most of our local areas will have no need to treat for the grub stage of the Japanese beetle this year due to low numbers of grubs and good growing condition for lawns.

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