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The Japanese Beetles are back!

I am wanting homeowners to be aware of the Japanese Beetle issue happening right now. Here is a link to the University of Minnesota article about the proble

Beetle Damage

Beetle Damage is everywhere in Minneapolis, How Do you get rid of Japanese Beetles?

m. If you need help let us know. 612-405-2660  http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/japanese-beetles/

 

Even Kare 11 News is warning the public of these menacing beetles that can damage your Birch trees, rose bushes and many other plants, trees and garden areas. http://www.kare11.com/life/home-garden/the-buzz-on-japanese-beetles-and-how-to-deal-with-them/280560282 .

Did you know the widely available traps actually cause you to have far more beetles?

How to get rid of Japanese Beetles

We can help control the Japanese Beetle population by killing many the Japanese Beetles in the turf and also preventing future infestations to a certain degree by using a grub formula to prevent the Japanese Beetles from before the Larva stage and grub stage; before full maturation. If you know your options you have a better chance impacting the beetle population. Sadly it seems here in the Minneapolis and St.

Paul areas the Japanese beetle population is booming and the bug is eating rose bushes, birch trees, willows, linden, apple trees , strawberry bushes and all kinds of garden vegetables. The JB is a huge annoyance and without a natural predator in Minnesota what can be done about Japanese Beetles? 

  1. Comprehensive insect control does kill Japanese Beetles as well as mosquitoes, ticks, ants and other common turf and yard insects.
  2. Grub treatment can prevent a high percentage of the Japanese Beetles eggs from hatching into white grubs.

This is is one of the best ways ” How to get rid of Japanese Beetles ? ”

Further information on Japanese Beetles and lawn insects:

Minneapolis, MN Japanese Beetles Early Grub Warning The Minneapolis, MN summer season is practically synonymous with insects. A few harmless beetles shouldn’t be a cause for concern then…right? Unfortunately, Japanese beetles should set off warning bells if you happen to take pride in having a healthy, green lawn.

While the beetles themselves do not cause damage to lawns, their larvae (white grubs) pose a major threat to most Minneapolis, MN turfgrass species.

Japanese Beetles on Rose Bush www.lawncareminneapolis.com

White grubs will aggressively chew on a lawn’s root system until there is nothing left, causing the lawn to turn brown and roll back like a carpet or newly-laid sod. Consider the presence of beetles on your property a red flag – or, at the very least, a reminder to schedule your preventative grub control treatment. While your Minneapolis, MN lawn is relatively safe in the pre-larvae stage, surrounding foliage on your property may be at risk.

These green and copper-colored beetles feed on about 300 species of plants, devouring leaves, flowers, and overripe or wounded fruit. They usually feed in groups, starting at the top of a plant and working downward.

They are highly mobile and most active on warm, sunny days, and prefer plants that are in direct sunlight. Life Cycle The majority of white grubs and Japanese beetles complete their life cycle in one year, while others require three years.

White grubs survive in the winter as larvae in the soil. In the early spring they begin to feed again. Later, in the spring and summer, they enter a resting stage (pupae) and then hatch into adult beetles.

The presence of many Japanese beetles on your Minneapolis, MN property can mean a grub problem down the road, as there will be higher populations to reproduce. Our Minneapolis, MN Lawn care team Can Help Grub damage is most severe in the spring and the fall, when grubs are actively feeding near the surface of the root zone.

As the lawn’s root system is eaten away, the grass will start to discolor. Left undiagnosed, grubs from the Japanese Beetles can devastate a lawn in a short period of time.

Adult Japanese beetles often return to the same area year after year to mate and lay eggs. If you’ve had grub problems in the past, you will most likely need an annual preventative control program to help eliminate grubs and prevent further damage to your Minneapolis, MN lawn. Your  Minneapolis, MN lawn care professional is trained to recognize grub damage and potential threats to the health and vigor of your lawn. Call

Your  Minneapolis, MN lawn care professional is trained to recognize grub damage and potential threats to the health and vigor of your lawn. Call (612) 405-2660 or request an online quote to find out how we can help your lawn look its best. Providing lawn care from Stillwater to Plymouth, Savage to Farmington and in between. Minneapolis Lawn Care Services in the Twin Cities.

Guest Blog from The Lawn Care Academy

Lawn Turf Pests

Your lawn represents a significant investment in both time and money. Turf pests, such as insects or small animals, can quickly damage or ruin a lawn. Your greatest defense against these pests is knowledge. When you know how to look for them and identify their signs and symptoms, you can stop them before any real damage occurs.
 Many common turf pests, such as moles, are some of the most frustrating to deal with. The pages below will offer advice and suggest ways to solve the problems. We will also examine homemade cures if any exist for that particular pest.

Quick Overview of Lawn Insects

 Insects are an important part of nature and are found in almost every square inch of earth. No matter how we feel about them, life on earth would suffer if they were not here.
However, even a good thing that is out of place can prove disastrous. Termites, for example, provide a valuable service in the forest, but they cannot be allowed to do the same thing to our homes. Ground wasps feed on small insects, but must be destroyed when the nest is a danger to children or pets. It is no different for our lawns. Since we have an investment in our lawns, we need to protect it from damaging turf pests.
How to Determine Whether an Insect Needs to be Controlled
 Lawn insects are classified as either:
  • Beneficial insects
  • Nuisance insects
  • Damaging insects
Beneficial insects are those that provide a needed service. Bees pollinate plants and spiders help keep other insects under control. These are just a couple examples.
Nuisance insects are usually more of a problem for us than they are for the grass. They include ants, spiders, adult green June bugs, wasps and hornets, etc. In most cases, little or nothing needs to be done about nuisance insects unless their presence becomes an annoyance or a danger to us, to our children, or pets.
Turf damaging insects are those that feed on the grass blades, stems, or roots and can harm your grass. These include leafhoppers, chinch bugs, billbugs, etc. Generally they are not a danger to us, just the grass. However, just because a lawn-damaging insect is found does not necessitate treatment. Healthy grass is easily able to withstand insect pressure within certain limits. It is only when they exceed the threshold that treatment may become necessary.

Relating Insects to Turf Damage

 Insects That Feed Below Ground on Plant Roots
Most of the insects that damage the grass roots and crown are the larval stage of certain beetles and moths. This also means there is a narrower window of opportunity to control the insects. Turf damage doesn’t usually occur until the last stages of larval growth. Examples are white grubs from the Japanese Beetles, cutworms, and army worms.
Fortunately, we know when the damage is likely to occur, so that is important for good control.
Insects That Feed Above Ground on the stems and Blades
 Insects that feed on plant juices are referred to as sucking insects. Aphids, leafhoppers, chinch bugs and mites can cause considerable damage especially to stressed or young plants. Some sucking insects can spread diseases to plants as well.
Since sucking insects live on plant juices, over-fertilized, nitrogen rich lawns will often receive the most damage.

Old Insecticides Vs. New Insecticides

 How Old Insecticides Worked
 In years past, insecticides were much different than they are now. Popular insecticides like chloradane, heptachlor and others were commonly used to kill tree insects or turf pests. They had a very broad spectrum and a long persistence.
The term “broad spectrum” means they controlled a wide variety of turf pests and “long persistence” means it remained active for long periods.
One application would last all season and quite often would last well into the second season.
Due to the long persistence, a person didn’t need much knowledge of insect growth stages or behavior. The insecticide was going to kill the insect sooner or later. Although effective, the long persistence became a concern and by 1980 almost all were off the market.
 Now, The New Insecticides
Newer insecticides are developed to be active for much shorter periods. Most will remain active for just a few days while a few others are persistent considerably longer. They also have a narrower spectrum. This can have a significant outcome, especially if we misidentify the damage or the tree or turf pests.
More attention and research has been given to biological controls. These are often insect specific and must be applied well in advance of any turf damage.
 What These New Insecticides Mean For Us?
 With newer insecticides, controlling turf pests means we must be more accurate at identifying the insect damage. If we are using a preventative insecticide before any damage occurs, we need to know when to apply it for best results. We also need to know what is the best product to use.
Lawn Care Minneapolis Specializes at identifying issues and taking appropriate action! It may be a preventative approach or a reactionary approach based on your exacting needs. 
 Serving the Minneapolis MN and St. Paul MN Metros for all your lawn care needs.
That other annoying Beetle: Lady Beetle, Lady Bug, or Asian Beetle

 

TIME LAPSE OF LADY BEETLE LIFE CYCLE A CUTE PEST! CHECK OUT THIS NEAT VIDEO ABOUT THE LIFE CYCLE

Life Cycle of the Lady Beetle…

Here is a good video of the life cycle of a lady beetle. Although less damaging overall than the Japanese Beetle these cute guys still can damage your yard as well. If you are having insect issues remember to call us right away to help you fight off the mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, beetles and other insects that may be a nuisance.
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Let us help you with a few options in how we can help you kill the bugs and get rid of the Japanese Beetle from your lawn.

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Just for fun!  A video on the dung beetle which is not found here but still super fascinating; if your into beetles.

 

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