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Japanese beetles in Massachusetts are destroying your plants
Japanese beetles in Massachusetts are destroying your plants

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Japanese beetles feed on many summer crops and can cause devastating damage if you don’t take precautions.

Japanese beetles are an invasive species introduced to the United States over 100 years ago. In their early life stages, they feed primarily on grasses and later eat most leafy plants, fruits and vegetables.


Eric Tiedeman-Mau of Hadley Garden Center explained to 22News tactics for warding off this destructive species.

“With some plants, they can really do damage if they defoliate the entire plant, so picking them off by hand is usually the first approach,” Tiedeman-Mau said. “So if you don’t have many, just pick them off and drown them in some soapy water or squash them.”

While traps can also be used, they may attract more insects to your plants. Mass Audubon reports that Japanese beetle larvae make up 90 percent of grubs in Massachusetts.

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By Aurora