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Posted on July 5, 2011 with 2 Comments
In addition to the possible infestation of Emerald Ash Borers [EAB], the Japanese beetle is here to feast on your luscious landscaping. The Japanese beetle, much like the EAB, is not native to our area, but rather introduced accidentally. JP McHale spotted Japanese beetles in Salem, NY over 4th of July weekend…we are now certain they have emerged from the ground to begin feeding!
The larval or grub stage of the Japanese beetle is considered one of the most destructive turf grass pests. These are small, white, C-shaped grubs that feed on the roots of grass and other plants. You might have seen these grubs while planting or weeding in your garden. By feeding on the roots of plants, these beetles are capable of producing large patches of dead grass in your lawn.
A pest in multiple forms, the beetle emerges from the ground to devour your plants once they have already had a shot at their underground roots!
The adult is a green beetle with copper-colored wings that prefers to munch on your rose bushes, but will settle for various other shrubbery or trees throughout your lawn. Japanese beetles are small and mighty, collaborating in groups in order to cause great damage to your pricey ornamentals. The beetles will consume the material between the veins, leaving behind the skeletons of your plants’ leaves.
The Japanese beetle will not harm humans, but could cause economic damage when they strip your plants. Landscaping can be rather expensive, making it important to rid your yard of these destructive little creatures before they rid you of your plants.
JP McHale Pest Management Inc. offers programs that protect you and your yard from the destructive Japanese beetles.
Be sure to contact us today if you’ve come across this pest in your yard!
Photo Credit 1: Matt Frye