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Japanese Beetles back with a vengeance

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This time of year is when these pesky bugs are at their worst. This time of year is when these pesky bugs are at their worst.
The best way to get rid of these beetles is to pick them off your plants or use soapy water. The best way to get rid of these beetles is to pick them off your plants or use soapy water.

While people are trying to finish up their summer vacations, Japanese Beetles are hard at work trying to destroy your plants.

The USDA's Animals and Plant Health Inspection Service designates August as Tree Check Month. They are encouraging the public to check their plants for Japanese Beetles in order to help the USDA wipe them out. This time of year is when these pesky bugs are at their worst. These invasive beetles are known to destroy plants and trees and can even cause tree branches to fall off.

"They feed on the plant tissue between the veins of the leaves," says Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Naturalist Dan Hodges. "They skeletonize the leave, give it that lacy appearance and they feed on all sorts of different plants including trees. In order to get rid of the bug, you would look for it in your trees, in your rose bushes, Rose of Sharon, they like all sorts of different plants."

The best way to get rid of these beetles is to pick them off your plants or use soapy water.

Information on Japanese Beetles from OSU Extension-Hancock County

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