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Japanese beetles have arrived

The wait is finally over; the first Japanese beetles of the season have been sighted over the holiday weekend! They might be a little late compared to recent years, but they still know how to chew up your (and theirs) favorite plants.
This might be all you see now,
but its friends are on their way.
Photo: Jeff Hahn, UMN Extension

Regularly inspect your garden and yard plants for beetles and feeding injury. While numbers are very low right now, it will not take too long for more beetles to arrive.

Remember that damaged leaves give off a volatile that it turn attracts more Japanese beetles. That makes it important to start management as soon as you see feeding on your plants to minimize injury.

For information on Japanese beetles, including management, see Japanese beetles in yards and gardens.

Jeffrey Hahn, Extension Entomologist

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