Japanese Beetle Guide

Do your trees / shrubs have iridescent green / brown beetles, and leaves that look like lace?

Japanese's beetles will excrete pheromones, signaling others to come destroy more of the foliage they prefer.


We can stop damage now, and just 1-3 treatments a year can prevent this and many other common insect and disease problems. We can stop out in just a couple days to spray or inject your trees and shrubs. 


Tree Care Estimate


This imported pest is generally found east of a line running from Michigan, southern Wisconsin and Illinois, south to Alabama. Occasional introductions are made into western states such as California and Oregon when the adult beetles or larvae are shipped in commerce. The original population was detected in New Jersey in 1916, having been introduced from Japan. 


The adult beetles are general herbivores and are known to feed on over 400 species of broad-leaved plants, although only about 50 species are preferred. The grubs will also feed on a wide variety of plant roots including ornamental trees and shrubs, garden and truck crops, and turfgrasses. They seem to especially relish Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescues and bentgrass.

Damage Symptoms

The adults are skeletonizers, that is, they eat the leaf tissue between the leaf veins but leave the veins behind. Attacked leaves look like lace that soon withers and dies. The adults will often attack flower buds and fruit. The grubs can kill small seedling plants but most commonly damage turf. The turf first appears off-color as if under water stress. Irrigating causes a short-lasting response or no response at all. The turf feels spongy under foot and can be easily pulled back like old carpet to reveal the grubs. Large populations of grubs kill the turf in irregular patche  

Plants Resistant to & Plants Susceptible to Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetle / Grub cycle below

Description of Stages


  •  The life stages of the Japanese beetle are typical of white grubs.
  • Eggs: The white oval eggs are usually about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) long and 3/64 inch (1.0 mm) wide. They are placed in the soil where they absorb moisture and become more roundish.
  • Larvae: The larvae are typical white grubs that can be separated from other soil dwelling white grubs by the presence of a V-shaped series of bristles on the raster. First instar larvae are about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) long while the mature third instars are about 1-1/4 inch (32 mm) long.
  • Pupae: The pupae are first cream colored and become light reddish-brown with age. The average pupa is about 1/2 inch (14 mm) long and 1/4 inch (7 mm) wide.
  • Adults: The adults are a brilliant, metallic green color, generally oval in outline, 3/8 inch (10 mm) long and 1/4 inch (7 mm) wide. The wing covers are copper-brown and the abdomen has a row of five tufts of white hairs on each side. These white tufts are diagnostic. The males have a sharp tip on the foreleg tibia while the female has a long rounded tip.

Tree Estimate

Plants Resistant to & Plants Susceptible to Japanese Beetles


Japanese Beetle Rain -Hear our treatment stop the feeding

 Sometimes after treating trees with a lot of beetles, we can hear a rain sound on the pavement. This is a light Beetle Rain, we see much heavier and hope to capture it so we can show you.