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Did our cold winter kill the Japanese beetle?

This invasive species destroys many garden plants and is currently hibernating underground.

MINNEAPOLIS — Gardeners in Minnesota know very well about the dreaded pest known as the Japanese beetle. But could our chilly winter of 2022 be enough to slow them down? Marissa Schuh, a University of Minnesota Extension Educator who specializes in Integrated Pest Management, wrote an article that peaked our interest, so we sat down with her.

What effects could our recent cold weather – one of the coldest winters in 8 years – have on Japanese beetles?

What about the drought? Did the dry weather of 2021 perhaps hurt the beetles’ chances?

What’s attracting Japanese beetles to our yards?

For those folks planning their summer gardens now, what plants can they choose that will be less vulnerable?

If gardeners do see grubs or beetles this spring and summer, what can they do?

Here is the original article from Marissa Schuh, a U of M Extension Educator.

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