Eastern gardeners are all too familiar with how Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) skeletonize leaves and demolish plants, especially roses and grapes. Even the larvae feed on organic matter and grass roots, potentially causing a great deal of damage to your lawn.

Help protect your precious vegetables against these persistent insects with the tips below.

How to Identify Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles live in all states east of the Mississippi River. You can recognize the adults easily: They have metallic blue-green bodies about 1/2-inch long, with bronze wing covers, long legs, and fine hairs covering the thorax.

Larvae are fat, dirty white grubs with brown heads often found in sod. They grow up to 3/4 inch long. Many other species produce C-shaped white larval grubs, so make sure you’ve actually got Japanese beetles and not some other helpful insect species before waging war.

Read more: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/a20705745/japanese-beetles/