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Japanese Beetles

Post by Richard Light » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:53 pm

We live near Traverse City, Michigan. We have a woods around us. This year for the first time we have thousands of Japanese beetles. They are particularly attracted to rose bushes. They eat the flowers, the buds and the leaves. Traditional rose sprays list Japanese beetles as one of the pests they guard against, but they are ineffective. A beetle catching bag did catch a lot of them, but didn't change the outcome. Any ideas?

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Re: Japanese Beetles

Post by lorijones » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:09 pm

There are a few good sprays that should work. Bonide Beetle Killer or Bonide Eight are good for controlling Japanese beetles. These sprays are toxic to bees as well so if your roses are flowering be sure to spray only in the early morning or later in the evening when the bees are less active. The Japanese beetle traps can actually attract them to your garden so be sure to locate them at the edge of your property away from your gardens. Here is a tip from our website on controlling Japanese beetles: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=743

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