Japanese Beetle Prevention in Southeast Wisconsin

Certified Arborists Protect Trees from Infestations

Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) infestations aren’t as well-known as Emerald Ash Borer infestations but just as devastating to your trees. Originating from Japan, this pest has no natural predators in Wisconsin. This allows the population to spread quickly and cause damage to plants. Russ’s Tree Service provides tree care and treatment to prevent Japanese beetles from ruining your trees.

How do Japanese beetles destroy trees? The adults release a pheromone which lead the larvae to leaves on trees or bushes. Once the leaves have been eaten, the tree can no longer collect sunlight and may die from lack of nutrients.

Japanese Beetles in Wisconsin Trees
Japanese Beetle Larvae in WI Soil

Preventing Japanese Beetles from Destroying Trees

The easiest way to protect your trees from Japanese beetles is prevention. One Japanese beetle on your property will attract more, especially if you have a lot of leafy trees and bushes. Russ’s Tree Service provides pre-treatment for trees to stop insect infestation and disease infection.

Trees at risk for infestation:

  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Linden
  • Birch

Japanese Beetle Identification

Japanese beetles have copper-colored bodies with dark green heads and undersides with white spots. The adult beetles average 15 mm in length and 10 mm in width. Beetle larvae are white in color and curled in a c-shape.

Larvae are planted in the soil by female beetles. During spring, check the roots of your plants for emerging larvae. Lots of foraging activity from raccoons or skunks may also indicate larvae nests. Timing is critical when attempting to stop a Japanese beetle infestation.

Infected Tree Removal in the Greater Milwaukee Area

If your tree is beyond saving, Russ’s Tree Service will remove your tree to protect the rest of your property. We cut down and remove the entire tree from stem to stump. We’ll even grind the stump if you want the woodchips.

Request an estimate for Japanese beetle infestation treatment from the certified arborists of southeast Wisconsin.