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How to get rid of japanese beetles

Halting their activities. These 3/8-inch-long iridescent beetles, which feed on many kinds of buds, leaves, flowers, and fruit, are especially fond of corn and roses.

They overwinter as Enlarged grubs in soil 8 to 10 inches below the surface. In spring they move nearer the surface to feed on grass roots; in early summer they emerge as adults.

Battle grubs by applying milky spore disease (a preparation sold at garden supply stores) on a mown lawn; follow label instructions. The disease is self-perpetuating and effectively controls grubs for several years.

Shake beetles off plants into a pail of soapy water, or snare them with synthetic bait in Japanese beetle traps bought at a garden center. Effective sprays are carbaryl, malathion, or methoxychlor.