Japanese Beetle – Decline in Numbers

Q: We have always had a problem with Japanese beetles in summer. So far this year (2012), we have not seen any at all. None! What’s up with that?

A: Just as the mild winter increased the number of ticks this year, the dry weeks of late summer last year (2011) decreased the number of Japanese beetles seen now. Adult beetles lay their eggs in July and August. It was dry last summer during egg laying season, so all the Japanese beetle eggs and larvae dried up!

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