Meet the Beetles, and read on to find out what other damage they can do to your lawn!

Now that we’re in July you may have noticed some of your garden plants have leaves that are mere skeletons. This is the handy work of the adult Japanese beetle. It may sound like the Japanese beetles are picky eaters, only consuming the leaf and not the veins, but in reality they feed on the leaves of 300 plant species! In comparison to some other summer pests (stinging wasps, destructive ants, disease carrying ticks) they are relatively benign to humans but can wreak havoc on your flower and vegetable gardens. The adults are active now and will begin mating any day.

Japanese beetle

Meet the Beetles! The adult Japanese beetle lays eggs throughout late spring and early summer and in July (right about now!) they begin to hatch. The grubs are munching away on your grass and plant roots for the second half of the summer, until they dig deep below the freeze line in your lawn to spend the winter. They make their way back up as the soil warms in spring and by April they are again munching away on your grass and plant roots. You probably won’t see the damage until it’s too late and large swaths of your lawn are brown and dead. To make matters worse, the grubs are a favorite food of crows, starlings, moles and skunks. Yes, if you have skunks in your yard, they may be drawn by the presence of grubs in your turf.

So what to do about the Japanese beetle? There are lots of brands of “beetle bags” that claim to attract and trap the beetles, but mostly this just draws them from the surrounding area to your yard. If you want to be a hit in your neighborhood, get some beetle bags, your neighbors with Japanese beetles will thank you for it! If you want to get rid of your Japanese beetles, call us and we’ll treat the problem at its source, your lawn, to rid it of grubs.