Japanese Beetles – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles have emerged and are actively feeding on our fruit crops. This pest, which used to be the primary insect pest of most small fruits, is no longer the serious pest it used to be, but can still cause problems in localized areas. Small fruit growers who are spraying for SWD control will likely take care of their Japanese beetle problems with the same application. Most tree fruit growers only worry about Japanese beetles when trees are small, prior to fruit production, and they are on a limited spray schedule. Japanese beetle feeding on young trees can stunt the growth and delay the time until the trees start producing fruit, so it is important to keep the feeding damage to a minimum.

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