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Japanese Beetles are here and taking a toll on some plants

Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 11:19 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -If you have a garden and notice your plants and leaves have been eaten through, you may have Japanese Beetles.

Here's how to spot them and more importantly stop them.

Japanese Beetles are common in the Midwest and they are known to eat a variety of plants.

They can be identified by their metallic green backs.

Earl May Manager Joe Jacobs says a way to prevent the insect from invading your garden is to use a spray that best suites your plant.

Whether it be a flower or fruit.

There are also sprays that will kill the beetle on contact, but if you are interested in a more gentle approach a beetle bag trap will do the trick.

Jacobs says even if your plant has been attacked its likely to revive.

"Beetles will usually make it, a lot of times Japanese Beetles cause more cosmetic damage and it won't kill the plant but linden trees and roses are some of the trees it can damage more severely that you'll want to bring back and add more fertilizer to get them to reflush more growth and get them to bounce back."

The beetles although harmful to plants, are not harmful to pets or people.

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