This summer weather brings yet another threat; the Japanese Beetle.
Local crop specialist Mike Roegge says the beetles arrived in the Tri-States about two weeks ago and will likely be around for a couple of months.
"When you find one Japanese Beetle, you're going to find many Japanese Beetles. They're not solitary creatures," Roegge said. "They congregate in large numbers actually so their feeding damage concentrates the areas that they're feeding at because there's so many of them."
There are some ways to protect your plants. First, take any potted plants inside. You can also use a mesh small enough to keep the beetles out, or use insecticide.
Roegge says the beetles have been around the Tri-States for about eight years and show no signs of going away.
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