Japanese Beetles invading Eastern Iowa

Japanese Beetles are moving into Eastern Iowa. Those little insects can do a lot of damage to plants and crops.

An entomologist with Iowa State University said the beetles are arriving a little late this year because of the wet spring, and the cooler start to summer.

They come in large quantities, and this year is no different. Those beetles love to munch on plants in our gardens.

They also feast soybeans, silks of corn, and other plants. The beetles share the wealth, when they find something they like to eat. They release a chemical that attracts other beetles.

Iles says traps don't work because it attracts more beetles to the area than it can hold.

The beetles will stay around until the end of summer. They are not harmful to humans

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