Family First: Japanese Beetles

It's one thing that they're ruining our shrubs and flowers. But when the kids start complaining that those Japanese beetles are flying in their faces and stuck in their hair, it became a family topic too.

So we spoke with our friends at Barnes landscaping - where they're getting 50 calls a day on this - about what the deal is and what to do.

Japanese Beetles got here from overseas on packing materials and really became a noticeable pain in the last two years. They're most damaging to your roses, linden trees, white birches and sand cherries. But don't be surprised when your kids feel them on their feet in the grass, too.

" You also see them lying in the lawn. What's going on is, in their adult form, they're laying eggs. They're eating and then using that energy to lay eggs."

" If you see patches in your lawn that are brown, it's possible that's an area where they've chewed on the roots of the lawn. "

So here's what you can do because they'll be around at least another 3-4 weeks. Either yourself or the pros should be sure to spray and include a granular application on the lawn to stop those too. We're told soapy water can do some good as well. Just don't be surprised when you notice their impact again next spring.


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