Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Japanese Beetle Season

Well, it’s Japanese Beetle season here in northern Illinois and The calls are starting to come in asking what can be done to get rid of them.  I am going to refer you to one of the better web sites for home owners to use to get information on the Japanese Beetle.  Go to Pestproducts.com and you will find everything you need to know about Japanese Beetles.  And even some information you probably didn’t want to know.  You can find spray products at your local lawn & garden store or hardware store with Permethrin in them that will do the trick.  I am not a big fan of Permethrin since it also kills everything else, including beneficial insects.  If you are more environmentally conscientious   find a product with Assail (Acetamiprid) in it.  Ortho makes a spray that I use for small spray situations that is ideal called  Ortho® MAX™  Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer.  It is good for aphids, certain scales, apple maggot, codling moth, plum curculio, oriental fruit moth, and leafhopper.  It comes in several sizes but I prefer the 2 gallon with the attached sprayer.  You can control the spray droplet size and it will reach to the tops of you trees without the need for a ladder.  Hope this helps those of you with Japanese Beetle problems