The Japanese beetle affects lawn and turf in its larval stage as a white grub, and plants and trees when they emerge from the soil in the early summer months.
Japanese beetles typically emerge in Michigan the first week of July. The first sign of a problem that property owners first notice usually is brown leaves or sparse foliage at the top of a tree or bush. The insects prefer sun, so they begin feeding at the tops of plants and work their way down. The beetles tend to prefer reddish-color leaves, but also will feed on green leaves. Most susceptible plants include lindens, plums, crab apples, roses and burning bushes. The Japanese beetle is often mistaken for the European Rose Chafer, since the two insects are similar in size and shape. However, the Japanese beetle has a distinctive, iridescent color while the European Rose Chafer is gold.
Garpiel Group can spray your property for the beetles. Typically, we treat areas with two sprayings while the beetles are actively feeding. The first spray is the first week of July and the second is about two weeks later. We also recommend you fertilize roots in the fall to help replenish nutrients.
Garpiel Group has a very knowledgeable staff and can answer any questions regarding your trees and shrubs. You can’t replace a 30-year-old tree with something of the same size, so let us help save the trees you have! Call us today at (989) 797-4749.