Back by not so popular demand, Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) adults are starting to emerge and take flight in southern Ontario! We caught our first adults in pheromone traps on June 23rd in Guelph.
Look for these shiny green and copper beetles feeding on grape leaves, roses and many other trees and shrubs. Where possible, homeowners can knock adults into a bucket of soapy water (to smother them). Several insecticides are registered for the adults in the nursery, including BeetleGONE and Imidan.
Preventative applications of Intercept and Acelepryn are registered for white grubs (e.g. European chafer, June beetle, and/or Japanese beetle) in nursery and greenhouse production and the application period begins now.
If you’re looking for more direction on what can be applied (and when) for JB control for phytosanitary measures, below is a link to the JB control infographic and article from a few months ago:
It will soon be that time of year again, when Japanese beetle (JB) adults begin to fly! However, there have been some changes to acceptable control products for JB growers need to be aware of in order to be in compliance with certification programs for this pest.
This post highlights changes to treatments and also provides an updated infographic for JB control for those exporting to non-JB areas (both domestically and to the United States).