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Diane writes,

Japanese beetles are eating almost everything in my yard. What can I use that will be safe for my flowers?

They are also eating my flowering crab trees, oak trees and just about every tree in the area. Where do they come from and how can I safely rid my yard of these things? I have 3 Japanese Beetle bags out and they are each about 2 to 3 inches full of bugs, but they are everywhere. I have sprayed a 3 in 1 Systemic on my Rose bushes and flowers around the house and they are back in just a few days. Tonight, I counted over 200 hundred of them on a combination of trees and bushes in my yard. I spray the bugs with a Dawn dish soap and water mixture in between the Systemic spray, but I can't get ahead of them. HELP !!!


We would recommend Talstar P.  It is a insecticide that is labeled for lawn and ornamentals and is safe for plants, bushes, shrubs and trees.  You can also apply it inside and outside your home for insects that try to enter the house.  You would not want to apply Talstar P on any garden vegetables or something you are going to eat.  TalstarP will provide a 30 day residual on the plants that you spray and should provide relief against the Japanese beetles.

Answer last updated on: 07/26/2010

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