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Japanese Beetle Attacking Northeast

Japanese Beetle Attacking Northeast

By Katie Kozak. CREATED Jul 17, 2013

 APPLETON -- The Japanese Beetle is attacking our area again.

The Fox Valley isn't nearly as affected as places like Green Bay, but they are still a problem almost everywhere. If you have a garden, you may have noticed these destructive bugs eating your rose bushes, grapes, and birch trees. But experts say catching them early can save your whole yard.

"Get online, Google a Japanese Beetle. There's a lot of information out there that can help them find out what they can do and how they can protect themselves, but the most important thing is to continue to scout and try to catch them as quickly as possible," says FVTC Lead Horticulture Instructor Jim Beard.

One of the best methods of removal is to hand pick them off your plants and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. Beard says the traps are only effective if used in your entire neighborhood because the traps are designed to attract bugs.