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This is the worst year yet for those pesky Japanese beetles

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The Japanese beetle is a pesky problem that's grown over the past ten years, and this year is the worst yet. (KCTV5) The Japanese beetle is a pesky problem that's grown over the past ten years, and this year is the worst yet. (KCTV5)
But if you're worried about the damage the adult beetles do to your plants, experts say you should focus your attention on what's happening underground. (KCTV5) But if you're worried about the damage the adult beetles do to your plants, experts say you should focus your attention on what's happening underground. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Japanese beetle is a pesky problem that plant experts say has grown over the past ten years -- this year being the worst yet.

However, they say flower blooms with holes and leaves that look skeletal are just a small portion of the bigger problem that actually starts underground.

“The big concern is the eggs that they lay in the soil that then hatch and create grubs in your turf,” said Ken Wood with Family Tree Nursery. “Those grubs eat the roots off of your grass.”

Wood says the life cycle of the adult Japanese beetle is when many people begin to think about the bug. He partially blames the mild winter for the larger population. That issue could lend itself to a bigger issue later down the road.

“We have a bigger problem coming when the offspring of the adults are going to be feeding on your grass,” he noted.

Wood says if you’ve noticed the beetles or their telltale damage in your area, be sure to put down some treatment for grub control to help keep your lawn healthy.

He notes that putting down the grub control will only prevent the problems from adult Japanese beetles if neighbors around you also commit to putting down treatment, since the bugs can easily fly from one property to the next.

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