Answer: Japanese beetles are an increasing problem and they are difficult to control because they can fly in from surrounding areas. Spraying with a neem based product can help to repel them, and treating the soil with beneficial nematodes can help reduce them by controlling them at the grub stage. Do not use the pheromone traps near your plants as they attract more than they repel. You may find that certain plants seem to attract them so you could consider adapting your plant selection with that in mind. Too, some years they are just worse than others depending on the weather conditions. I wish I could be more encouraging.
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