Controlling the Japanese Beetles on Roses

Japanese beetles can do a great amount of damage to roses in a short amount of time and it easy to see why:

  • Roses are the perfect party place for Japanese beetles.  They love the scent of the flowers and will feed from top to bottom on the bush.
  • The beetles produce pheromones which send out an attractive invitation for other beetles to join the party. This will challenge any control program that you may have.
  •  However you plan to go about getting rid of the Japanese beetle, it is suggested that you are diligent because they are so attracted to roses that they will be persistent.

Take preventative measures:

  • Apply Milky Spore or a product to kill the grubs that will eventually turn into the Japanese beetle.
  • Cut the colorful blooms and bring inside so you can enjoy them before the beetles do!
  • Put up a bird feeder to attract birds to your yard, it is amazing how many insects the birds will eat.
  • If you have plenty of time on your hands: you can pick them off or shake the insects from the branches into soapy water.  This would have to be done daily.
  • If you do not have problem using chemicals, spray an insecticide formulated for roses.
  • Try an all-natural product like Bobbex Rose Deer and Insect Repellent.
  • Spraying Neem oil has been found to be very effective for repelling Japanese beetles.
  • Beware of Japanese beetle traps sold in garden centers. These will end up attracting the beetles to your yard and can cause an infestation.
  • Talk to your neighbors and see if they will get on board with your program to get rid of the insects.


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