SOMETHING IS EATING MY LEAVES - Knowledgebase Question

Watertown, Ma
Question by mmckr
February 24, 2011
The leaves on most of my plants in my garden often are being eaten by some kind of bug so that the leaves all have holes or edges eaten off of them. What can I use to prevent this?

Answer from NGA
February 24, 2011


I suspect you're dealing with Japanese Beetles (we get lots of questions from your region about them). Japanese beetles are a difficult pest to control so handpicking and destroying the ones you see is a good idea. Rotenone and Pyrethrum sprays are effective against the adults as are neem oil based products such as Bioneem or Bonide. Ortho's Rose Care Insecticide is also labeled for control of Japanese beetles. Be sure to apply according to label directions.

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