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Japanese Beetles: A Gardener's Worst Enemy

Japanese Beetles: A Gardener's Worst Enemy

(ARA)- Japanese Beetles can't bite people because their jaws aren't strong enough to break through human skin. However, Japanese Beetles chomp on everything else including some 238 different kinds of foliage. The National Lawn and Garden Association says Japanese Beetles cause more than a billion dollars worth of damage each year to shrubs, flowers, especially roses, fruit trees, home gardens and vineyards, lawn grass and farm crops.
Japanese Beetles are clumsy fliers and they don't travel very far. You can easily shake them off of your plants into a pail of soapy water where they will quickly perish. If you pick them off your plants by hand, they will quite often stick to your fingers but are easily flicked away. Don't use Japanese Beetle traps because they will draw beetles in from your neighbor's yard and you will have more than ever.
The beetle larvae (grubs) are more devastating than the adults because there are more of them. One thousand flying adult Japanese Beetles seen in early summer will lay 50,000 grubs by fall. Milky Spore is the only safe and sure way stop them. Developed by USDA, Milky Spore will last 15 to 20 years and is guaranteed to remain viable in the soil for ten years.
For a free booklet on Milky Spore and conducting neighborhood campaigns against the Japanese Beetle, call 800-801-0061 or visit www.milkyspore.com.

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