Ask a Question forum: Roses and Japanese Beetles

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Name: Shravani Ch
Sun Prairie WI (Zone 5a)
Jul 17, 2017 10:49 AM CST
I have finally decided to get rid of some of my roses due to heavy Japanese Beatles infestation. They are primarily attracted to Party Hardy, New Dawn, Morden Centennial and Music Box. I love these roses but I do not want to be picking the bug every morning for 30mins. I was under the impression that they are attracted to the color or the fragrance of the blooms. Right now i am waiting for my second lush of blooms and i still see tons of Beatles on the leaves too. I thought about using milky spores but It's probably not going to help If i am the only one using in the neighborhood. The area where the roses are planted are mostly in full sun all day. My question is, any ideas on what shrubs i should be looking at to grow instead. I want the shrubs to be 4-6 ft and flowering shrubs would be even better. Any suggestions please?
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jul 17, 2017 11:31 AM CST
It's too bad they like roses so much. This link gives a list of susceptible and resistant woody plants that might help:
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Jul 17, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Based on the list Sue referenced, you might want to consider smooth hydrangeas and pannicle hydrangeas since their bloom season overlaps with that of roses.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 18, 2017 6:09 AM CST
Well, you can always give your neighbors a few Japanese Beetle Traps. That will keep them out of YOUR yard, LOL!

But seriously, I put Milky Spore powder all over my yard 10 years ago and I still don't have any Japanese Beetles around. They don't travel very far.

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