Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) are a real pain in the garden. They don’t seem to bite people or pets, but they eat all sorts of desirable plants.
Top plant pickings for Japanese Beetles include Asparagus, Asters, Blueberries, Canna Lilies, Chamomile, Cosmos, Dahlias, Echinacea (Coneflower), Grapes, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Irises, Peppers, Phlox, Raspberries, Rhododendron, Roses, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Zinnias.
Fruit trees are a particular favorite. They are also especially attracted to Birch, Linden, Maple, Willow, and other trees and shrubs.
Eliminating Japanese Beetles is difficult. Some use traps, or pest poisons, while others have had success with spraying them with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. The soap is supposed to coat the Japanese Beetles' wings, preventing them from flying.
Japanese Beetle on Flower
by Bruce Marlin
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