Japanese beatle infestation - Knowledgebase Question

Clarence, NY
Question by melt218
July 6, 2007
How do I get rid of the beatles that are eating my pin oak trees and vines and other shrubs?


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Answer from NGA
July 6, 2007

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Japanese beetles are difficult to control, in part because they fly long distances. You can try to repel them using a spray containing neem, or you can handpick them (they are sluggish early and late in the day), or you can spray with carbaryl(the active ingredient in Sevin) but this is a contact insecticide with no residual action. You can also use beneficial nematodes or milky spore disease to kill them at the grub stage although this must be done over a wide area to be effective. Be sure to read and carefully follow all of the label directions on any product you use. The traps are not recommended because they seem to attract more than they catch. Most gardeners find they have to tolerate a certain amount of damage, and some years the beetle infestation is more severe than others. Most established plants are able to withstand quite a bit of damage and survive.

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