Japanese beetles eating fruit trees

Authors: Hailey Shanovich, Dr. Arthur Vieira Ribeiro, Dr. Robert Koch, Dr. November 23,This article discusses the current research findings and reviews the habits of JB in apple orchards.

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Ask the Master Gardener: Tips for fending off a garden-destroying fiend

Skip to content. Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees. Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Mon Jun 22, pm I live in New York and I have many different kinds of small fruit trees. This year I am trying the insect net barriers on my trees - because I am tired of Japanese beetle plucking all summer long.

I am new to gardening. I do not want to use any chemicals, etc. Not that any seem to work on these beetles, anyway My question is: When is the fruit set? I want to put the net on before the beetles attack, which is the first week in July. I'm assuming if the trees were going to have fruit, it would be set by July 1?

I have multi-cherries, plum, peach, pear, apricot, a fruit salad tree and a multi-apple. Most are still small and do not have fruit. This year my fruit salad tree and peach have fruit already, the rest are still fruitless. Has anyone else tried these mesh insect barriers on fruit trees? I plan on keeping the trees small so I can handle them easily. Thank you for any help, it is much appreciated.

Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Mon Jun 22, pm I think the simple answer is -- by the time the blossoms lose their petals, they would have been pollinated or not pollinated Fruits would have set or not set. You may want to consider treating the ground around where there was Japanese beetle infestation with beneficial nematodes this fall so they can take care of the grubs.

I posted a pretty thorough thread about this last year. I wonder if I or someone else can find it? Thanks rainbowgardener Even though the topic was nematodes, I posted links to info about predatorial wasps that use Japanese beetle larvae as hosts in that thread.

Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Tue Jun 23, pm Thanks for your help. I have tried all the other methods, except for making a mix with the dead beetles and spraying the trees with that. They smell so badly that I wont do that. Treating the ground seems futile, since I cannot treat all my neighbors lawns also - fruit trees all around my property on all sides, including a large wooded area at the base of a mountain that is full of raspberry and blackberry bushes.

If I were completely remote with no fruit trees around except for mine for miles, I could see that working. But I am not - hence the use of barrier netting. A few years back, I did treat the ground and my house plants with nematodes - there were tons of fruit flies after the one hurricane. It helped with the fruit flies, but there was no noted difference in the amount of beetles on the trees. There were less beetles grubs in the ground when I dug my veggie garden, true.

But since they FLY in from all around - there were the same amount of beetles in the trees. I use garden fabric around my trees anyway, so they would have trouble burrowing up or down into the ground through that fabric.

Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Tue Jun 23, pm Did you read about the predatorial wasps? Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Tue Jun 23, pm Yes, I have read on the import of more insects to fight the beetles and can quote it as being "like a drop in the ocean".

Yes, I am well read on the subject of Japanese beetles since I have been fighting these buggers for years. Emphasis on "ONLY". Sorry, but you are preaching to the choir here.

Been there, done that, etc. Let us know the progress as season goes. Will you also be trying to catch and kill the ones hanging around on the barrier netting?

Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Wed Jun 24, pm Hi, My pear tree is doing great so far, there weren't many JB's on it last year. My peach trees are a different story. JB's like them The trees don't look that great this year, not many leaves, and only about 3 peaches on one tree, and one on the other.

I guess that's it for this year? Anyway, last year was my first experience with the JB's and I had a service apply the nematodes. Will wait to see how effective this is Am willing to try the net insect barriers. Can I get them at Home Depot? Or do I have to go to a nursery? Maybe I should try them on my roses Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Wed Jun 24, pm Good trap plants are four o'clocks poisonous , larkspur poisonous , castor bean poisonous , borage, marigolds, light colored zinnias, and white roses.

Some of the poisonous ones are also toxic to the beetles if they are eaten. Trap plants lure the beetles away from the target plants. You can selectively spray the trap crops with insecticides to kill them or you can go out and hand pick or vacuum off the beetles early in the morning when the dew is still out and the beetles have a harder time flying off.

It won't help immediately, but you can reduce the number of beetles over a couple of years by treating lawns with milky spore. Beetles will over winter as grubs in the soil. Beetle traps have gone out of style but I used them for years. If your property is large enough set the traps out at the farthest corner away from the fruit trees.

The beetles will be attracted to the lures there instead of to the trees and over time reduce the beetle damage, but expect an increase in the short run. I don't actually have Japanese beetles, but I do have Chinese Rose beetles which do practically the same thing except that they feed at night and I can use a light to control them.

The Japanese beetle traps work well in trapping them, I just omit the pheromone lure. After a couple of years I hardly had any beetle damage and I was catching fewer beetles. The downside is that the lure will also trap bees attracted to the floral lure. It helps if you can get your neighbors on board with putting out traps in their yards as well. The traps should be put out about the time that the beetles start to emerge in your area. Neem oil, is not my favorite thing, but it is an anti feedant and it works if you spray the trees before they become infested.

Spraying should be every days. Re: Japanese Beetles - net insect barries on fruit trees Wed Jun 24, pm I'm surprised that you're having so much trouble with Japanese Beetles on your fruit trees. While we have them here in abundance in Virginia, they only seem to bother grapes and roses. Have never seen them on our apples, pears, and peaches. Thankfully the overly abundant wild grapes here make for an excellent trap crop.

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Japanese Beetle Control for Organic Gardeners

During the past two days we have seen the emergence of the Japanese Beetle with feeding of tree fruit and grape foliage, especially to new succulent foliage on growing terminals. In newly planted trees and vines this reduction of leaf tissue may lead to reduced carbohydrate production and storage, resulting in decreased establishment and overwintering success. Japanese beetle adult. We observed the first emergence of Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, 1st of July , a day earlier than last year. In the past few years we have seen the emergence quite high compared to previous growing seasons with damage to tree fruit foliage, and in pick-your-own operations, as a nuisance pest.

Their preferred plants include roses, grapevines, fruit trees, corn, Japanese beetles feed on the roots of turf grasses and vegetable.

How to get rid of Japanese beetles?

The green fruit beetle scarab, family Scarabaeidae , is also called a figeater beetle, green fig beetle, or western green June beetle. The adults are an occasional pest of ripe fruits. Adults can fly a relatively long distance and are highly attracted to ripe fruit and the odors of manure and fermenting fruit. From above it has no apparent hairs and is mostly metallic green with brown or tan along the outside margins of the wing covers. The head has a short, hornlike projection on the face frons. Its body is oval shaped with prominent legs. The antennae are clubbed with multiple plates lamellae at the tip, which is characteristic of adult scarabs. The grublike larvae are brownish to dirty white.

Japanese Beetle Strategies

Q: Japanese beetles have nearly eaten through all of the leaves on my purple plum and Yoshino cherry trees. I hope I'm not going to lose these trees! Should I put out beetle bags to try and salvage what's left of the leaves or let it go and let the beetles finish their feeding frenzy? We've lived in our house for 12 years and have never had Japanese beetles in this number! A: It's shaping up as a bad year for Japanese beetles, and fruit-family trees like those are favorite targets.

Many gardeners are seeing severe damage from feeding by Japanese beetle adults in their landscapes. Hardest hit include lindens, fruit trees - especially apple and pear - and roses.


Answer : Japanese beetles arrived in the U. Japanese beetles are now widespread and make life miserable for gardeners. They eat flowers and leaves on some of our favorite things to grow: roses, most fruit trees and vines, herbs, dahlias, lilies, birch and other trees, even ragweed and poison ivy, and the list goes on. Related: Ask the Master Gardener: Deterring deer from treating your garden like a smorgasbord. The most effective way to deal with Japanese beetles has been to walk around your garden, pitching the bugs into a bucket of soapy water.

Japanese Beetle Control in the Kansas City Area

Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! When you have a Japanese beetle infestation on your fruit trees, one option is to use commercial pesticides like diazinon or pyrethrin. Mix up a beetle-repelling spray. This will kill some of your beetles and drive more away. Crush or chop four cloves of garlic and two hot peppers and mix them with a gallon of warm water. You can multiply this by as many gallons of water as you think you will need for your number of fruit trees. Let the garlic mixture sit for a day. Strain out the crushed garlic and peppers, and add a tablespoon of corn oil and four or five drops of dish soap to each gallon of spray.

But don't think they'll ignore the flowers and fruit of your trees and bushes - Japanese beetles are happy to feast on those, too.

Japanese Beetles

One of the most common reasons for that lace-like appearance is damage caused by Japanese beetles feeding on your plants. Starting in late June, these voracious pests can quickly skeletonize an entire shrub, as well as decimate flowers roses are a favorite and ripe fruit. During the earlier pupal stage of their lives, Japanese beetle grubs live underground, where they feast on the roots of healthy and well-watered turf grasses.

What To Do About Japanese Beetles?

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Since they were accidentally imported to New Jersey in , voracious Japanese beetles have gradually spread north to Ontario, west to Colorado and Oregon, and south to Alabama and Georgia. Japanese beetles feed for only about six weeks in summer and spend the rest of the year as grub-shaped larvae in the soil. Exact emergence dates vary with climate, but in general the risk period for garden plants is mid-June to early August. Japanese beetles JBs have few natural enemies in North America, but they can feed on over plants, including large landscape trees like lindens and crabapples. Among garden plants, JBs are partial to beans, corn, grapes, hollyhocks and others such as hibiscus, roses and zinnias. Among attractive trees like lindens, Japanese maples and crape myrtle, the beetles find some varieties more palatable than others.

There are some sure-fire ways to get rid of them, so you can make your beetle problem go away.

Download Resource. Disease and insect control measures suggested in this guide are recommended only for home fruit production. When this program is followed, trees and small fruit plants should be reasonably free from insect and disease injury. This spray schedule is developed for the average conditions existing in New Hampshire. The weather is the greatest variable related to pest control. Warm, wet weather in spring favors the development of apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight, mildew, rots, and many other diseases.

In the South, Japanese beetles emerge from the ground in the middle of June. In the northern states, they may not appear until early July. Japanese beetles were accidentally introduced to the United States before plant inspections were mandatory.

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