noticing that your trees’ leaves are getting thinner than normal, chances are that
Japanese beetles are having a feast at your trees’ expense.
The good news is there are a number of ways in which you can combat these pests –
and that’s what we’re here to discuss today. Let’s jump right in.
Japanese Beetles LOVE fruit trees. They especially love rotting fruit. One of the
simplest remedies you can use to prevent infestations is simply by being proactive
and once a month by going through and removing rotting fruit from the trees. It also
helps to remove any fruit that’s prematurely ripened or fallen to the ground.
In addition, it’s not a bad idea to apply something call neem oil to your trees. It’s
totally organic and safe for you to both use and apply as liberally as you’d like.
Beetles hate the stuff and will stay away from your trees once its applied.
You’re probably not going to believe this – but good, old soap and water is good
enough to get rid of Japanese Beetles in the summer. Just fill up a larger than normal
bucket with water and any kind of soap. Head over to the tree and shake the beetles
off the branches or pick them off individually and plunk them in the water to kill
them. That’s literally all you have to do – and again – this is a solution that you can
do entirely on your own.
There are also traps and bags you can find at hardware stores and the like. Word to
the wise though – while the traps work well to kill off Japanese Beetles – they won’t
prevent them from returning. Just keep that in mind.
A POUND OF PREVENTION…
In late July/early August, Japanese Beetles spread their eggs all over your lawn.
They turn into grubs, turn into beetles and, well… you know the rest. To get ahead of
the 8-ball, you can apply a grub insecticide treatment that will wipe them out. Doing
this is good not only for your trees, but protects your lawn as well.
Like any common lawn or tree issue – getting out ahead of the problems before they
become problems is the best thing you can do. Be proactive and if you need a
consultation, shoot us a call!