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Japanese beetles cause headaches for farmers

Japanese beetles love to snack on roses, shrubs, and even soybeans. Japanese beetles love to snack on roses, shrubs, and even soybeans.
An increase in beetles may be one reason you may have seen more crop dusters in the air this month. An increase in beetles may be one reason you may have seen more crop dusters in the air this month.
If you notice Japanese beetles in your garden or farm, they're not too hard to kill with insecticides. If you notice Japanese beetles in your garden or farm, they're not too hard to kill with insecticides.
PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Move over cicadas.  There's a new pesky insect giving many farmers a hard time.

It's the Japanese beetle and its favorite snacks are roses, shrubs, and even soybeans.

For many farmers and gardeners in the Heartland, these beetles are a big problem in July.

And it's a problem that's getting worse year after year.

"Beyond just hitting the farmers, they can also cause problems for the average homeowner because you have turf, roses, any beans.  They have over 200 plants that they feed on," said Kelly Tindall, and entomologist with the University of Missouri Extension in Portageville.

Tindall says the increase in beetles may be one reason you may have seen more crop dusters in the air this month.

And she says the problem is expected to get worse.

"What you will notice is one year you will catch one or two, then 20 the next year, then 100 the year after that," she said.  "Now we have some counties that can fill up a quart sized jar within a couple of hours."

On a good note, if you notice Japanese beetles in your garden or farm, Tindall says they're not too hard to kill.

"If you have a lot of plants affected, there are several insecticides you can purchase at any of the home and garden places," she said.

Tindall says the beetles should die out by the first couple of weeks of August, but studies show they will be back stronger next July.

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