How To Get Rid Of Japanese Beetles On Your Nashville Property

June 6, 2021

In late June, something less than magical happens in Nashville; it is the appearance of Japanese beetles. These copper-colored beetles can be frustrating pests to deal with. One day, you can check your plants for beetles and find no sign of them. The next day, they can be everywhere! Extensive damage can happen in less than half a week. If you're nodding as you read this, you know what we're talking about because you have dealt with, or are dealing with, these pests. If that is the case, you may need to invest in professional pest control service. Once these beetles start entering into a feeding frenzy, it is difficult to control them without an application of insecticides. If you are just starting to see Japanese beetles, or you haven't seen them yet but you suspect you're about to, here's what you should know.

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Pre Emergence

Before you start seeing these beetles, you may notice evidence that their grubs are in your yard. The grubs of these and other beetles can damage your lawn. When this kind of damage begins to occur, some Nashville residents do the worst thing possible: They water the trouble spots. It makes sense to do this because it looks like the grass isn't getting enough of what it needs to grow healthy and green. Unfortunately, this provides essential moisture for the grubs. What needs to happen is the grubs have to be targeted and eliminated. The best way to go about doing this is to use natural or biological solutions, such as spores or nematodes. These work to stop Japanese beetles before they emerge from the ground. You can select and apply these or contact a licensed professional. 

Post Emergence

As soon as you start seeing beetles, it is time to do something. When a Japanese beetle feeds on the vegetation in your landscaping, the female releases a pheromone that attracts other beetles in the area and inspires them to take part in a feeding frenzy. If you are proactive and diligent to catch these beetles early and kill them, you can significantly reduce the damage. The goal is to stop the frenzy before it begins. This prevents a large number of these beetles from skeletonizing your trees and plants.

It can be difficult to catch, remove, and eliminate Japanese beetles when they attack your trees and tall plants as these beetles start at the top and work their way down. In these cases, you might think that spraying your trees or tall plants will work to stop the issue and save your plants, but this damage happens quickly. So, you may not be unable to do anything this year. But take heart. Your tree or plant is likely to come back full and healthy next year. Between now and then, we recommend taking steps to prevent future damage.

Year-Round Pest Control

When you invest in year-round pest control with Urbanex, you get routine visits to your property. This helps to give you early warning for issues, like grubs and Japanese beetles, and quick solutions for this and other pest problems. Grubs and Japanese beetles aren't the only pests that can catch you by surprise. Wasps can create nests and create a stinging hazard. Venomous spiders can establish themselves in your yard or in structures on your property. Termites can damage the wood of your home. The best solution for pest threats is an ongoing, always active pest control plan that proactively addresses pests through a process of inspection, treatments, and pest maintenance. Reach out to us today and request an inspection for your property to get started. We'll guide you toward the right solution for the pests you're concerned about.

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