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Control your Japanese Beetle PopulationTo get to the root of Japanese beetle
control, let's first learn a bit of history about these ruthless pests. The
Japanese Beetle was believed to be introduced into the United States in 1917,
originally found in a plant nursery in the state of New Jersey. The Japanese
Beetle originated in Japan and while there are many predators of the beetle in
Japan, there are very few here in the United States, thus the widespread
outbreak. The climate and conditions across most of our nation makes for an
ideal breeding ground for this bothersome pest. During the Japanese Beetle
feeding season, the female mates, then returns to the soil and lays her eggs and
then returns several times to awaiting males and breeds over and over again in
just one season. By the end of the season, the female can lay upwards of 40
eggs.There are several Japanese Beetle Control methods available on the market.
Whether you intend to blast the beetles with chemicals or go the organic route,
you can get control of the dreaded Japanese Beetle. There are several
recommended chemicals for the control of Japanese Beetles. Chemical controls for
adults are: Carbaryl (Sevin), Malathion, Permethrin, Bifenthrin, Rotenone, and
Methoxychlor. Chemical control for grubs include: Imidacloprid (Merit),
Chlorpyrifos, Isofenphos, and Diazinon. June through August is probably the best
application time for most Japanese Beetle grub control chemicals as this is when
the younger grubs are hatching and feeding.Organic treatment for Japanese Beetle
control can take some time to work or can be a lot of work, depending on the
density of your Japanese Beetle population. The simplest organic method is just
picking the Japanese Beetles off of your plants as you walk through your garden
and pitching them in a bucket of soapy water. Some people like to collect them
in a can and feed them to their chickens, should this be an option for you. One
note I would like to make here. Japanese Beetles are like little flying solar
panels. When they are in the sun, they are very quick to fly away and move from
you quickly as you are picking them. Catch them on a cloudy day and they are
very slow moving, almost sluggish. Japanese Beetles love Rose of Sharon,
especially ones planted in full sun. But if you plant yours where they don't get
much sun, then the Japanese Beetles will pretty much not even touch
them.Trapping Japanese Beetles is another option, but seems to draw more and
more. This can really be a smelly job when you have buckets and buckets of dead
beetles piling up, but it works for some people. You may also choose to plant
plants that are not attractive to the Japanese Beetle.A form of control for the
Japanese Beetle Grub is Milky Spore. It can take several years for this disease
to build up and effectively control the feeding beetle grubs, but it does seem
to work for a lot of people. Parasitic Nematodes are a new control option
available to the home gardener. Some of these products go by the names: Biosafe,
Biovector, Exhibit and Scanmask. You'll want to water before and after
application of the nematodes.An important fact to remember is that if you live
in an area with heavy infestation of Japanese Beetles, you'll want to try to
work with your neighbors in developing a Japanese Beetle control program. This
should give you better control of the Japanese Beetle population in your local
area.Visit our Nursery website for more informative gardening articles such as
How to Build a Greenhouse and information on Hydrangeas.

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