As many of you are well aware, Japanese beetle adults are out in full-force feeding on one of their favorite host plants…roses. The means of dealing with the adult stage of this insect pest are limited, however, and have been for many years, primarily relying on the use of insecticides. Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica is native to Japan and was first reported in the United States in 1916 in the state of New Jersey. Since then, it has spread throughout the country from Maine to Georgia becoming permanently established in nearly every state east of the Mississippi River and several states westward.

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