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JAPANESE BEETLE

A voracious feeder, the Japanese beetle is known to feed on more than 400 different species of plants. Landscape plants most commonly attacked by Japanese beetle in Michigan include:
Cherry
Crabapple
Elm
Horse-chestnut
Japanese maple
Littleleaf Linden
Mountain-ash
Norway maple
Pin oak
Plum
Rose
Rose-of-sharon
Sand cherry
Sycamore
Willow
Tree spraying for Japanese beetles
Japanese beetles feeding
Photo:  David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Adult Japanese beetles are skeletonizers - which means they eat the leaf tissue between the veins of the leaves. The beetles send out scent molecules called pheromones, which attracts additional Japanese beetles to the plant. Trees or shrubs with heavy Japanese beetle feeding damage will have a brownish appearance when viewed from a distance. The larvae of Japanese beetles are root feeders which, although they will feed on tree roots, can cause substantial damage to turfgrass.
Japanese beetles overwinter as grubs, deep in the soil. In April the grubs move to the upper level of the soil and do a little bit of feeding on roots. Japanese beetle adults emerge from the soil in late June through mid-July and begin feeding on trees and shrubs. Mating begins within a day or two of adult emergence and each female will lay 40 to 60 eggs. Grubs usually start hatching around mid-August and will feed on turf and tree roots until the first heavy frost.
Grub damage from Japanese beetles
Japanese beetle grub
Mike Reding & Betsy Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

JAPANESE BEETLE CONTROL

Japanese beetles can be controlled with either tree spraying or soil injected insecticides, or a combination of both. It is unlikely that one tree spraying treatment will provide adequate control. Usually a series of two or three Japanese beetle sprays are recommended.
If there is a lot of Japanese beetle activity on your trees or shrubs you may also want to consider have a grub control treatment for the lawn. Japanese beetle grubs can cause significant damage to grass roots during the time of the season when the lawn is under the highest amount of drought stress.
Japanese beetle traps are not recommended for prevent or minimize feeding damage to your trees or shrubs. Although, these devices will trap Japanese beetles they also serve to attract additional beetles to your property that might not have shown up if no traps were put out. If you feel the need to use Japanese beetle traps they should be placed as far as possible from susceptible trees or shrubs in order to minimize any feeding damage to your plants
Tree spraying for Japanese beetles
Japanese beetle on linden leaf  Photo: Steven Katovich USDA Forest Service Bugwood.org
Japanese beetle control
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