Japanese Beetles started hatching a few weeks ago and will be around until September.  They are extremely heavy in middle to South Naperville, Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles at the moment.

They love a variety of trees and shrubs but their favorite is the Linden followed by White Birch, River Birch, Elm, Purple Plum and certain varieties of Maple and Crab. They also attack certain shrubs too numerous to list.  If you see these trees displaying a ‘brownish hue’ toward the tops of the trees (as they like to feed in the sun) then you have Japanese Beetles.

You can also look for lacy leaves laying in the yard under the tree. The photo shows five beetles feeding on a Linden leaf creating that ‘lacy’ appearance.

We normally perform two spray applications to limit Japanese Beetle damage. Pictured below is a photo of a Linden tree which was taken last year in Naperville. This is the kind of total defoliation and damage Japanese Beetles are capable of if a tree is left untreated.

This kind of damage is exceptionally hard on the tree because when a tree is totally defoliated for any reason, the tree cannot absorb sunlight for energy, which affects the health of the tree.

If you find Japanese Beetles on your property, give us a call to quote a price for treatment!


Japanese Beetles are Hatching

Destructive Japanese Beetles are now beginning to hatch at the end of June in and around Naperville. For those of you scheduled for these treatments your first application will occur after July 4th. We don’t want to start applications too early. Remember that your susceptible trees and shrubs will still sustain some damage even with treatment. Spraying against this insect will limit their damage but will not eliminate the damage altogether as they have to do some feeding to absorb enough insecticide to kill them.

If you are not scheduled for treatment keep an eye out especially on your Linden trees as that is their favorite target. They will also attack White Birch, River Birch, Purple Plums, Elms and certain Maples and Crab Apples plus several types of bushes.   And call us for an estimate for treatment!

An Odor-Free Insecticide Spray

We have an exciting development for the Fall of 2015 and beyond. We think you will find this very interesting! We now offer a new ODOR FREE product for insecticide tree spraying applications!

In the past we would receive occasional phone calls from clients who didn’t like the odor associated with one of the products that we use for certain spray applications. We understood the complaints as we didn’t like the smell either, but we used the product because quite simply, it was by far the best product that we ever used. It got the job done. It was a very broad spectrum product that killed a plethora of insects with excellent systemic residual value; meaning its effectiveness lasted for weeks. We also knew through prior testing of the old product, that even if it rained just 20 minutes after we sprayed it onto a tree, the rain would not matter. The spray was embedded into the leaf and would do its job.

Recently however, we heard about another product that our supplier said was even better.

Since we never rely on or use a product that we haven’t personally tested ourselves, we set out to do just that. This is how we test…..

We took a Linden tree (the Japanese Beetle’s favorite target) and sprayed half of it with the old product and half with the new product. We let the tree dry and clipped off a small branch with 3 leaves attached from each side of the tree and placed them into separate glass ‘bug aquariums’. Then, we drove to an area that was being hard hit with Japanese Beetles (the toughest insect there is to control with spraying applications) and placed 9 healthy beetles in each aquarium.

Within 2 hours all the beetles in the aquarium with the new product were on the bottom, dying. It took 4 hours for the beetles on the old product to fall to the bottom but either way, no leaf damage. So far so good. We continued this process every day for 28 days. Both products continued to perform but it was evident at the 21 day mark the old product began to fall off on its effectiveness where the new product was still working great. It took 28 days for the new product to begin to lose effectiveness. The leaves showed a little more feeding damage than in the previous days so we knew that ‘most likely’ the new product was as good as claimed.

Most likely you ask? Yes. There was one more test to do before we were sure. How would this new product hold up to rain? Would it retain its effectiveness if it were to rain soon after an application?

We sprayed another tree with the new product and clipped off one of the treated branches. We waited just 15 minutes for the spray to dry. Then we actually submerged the branch into a bucket of clean water and vigorously swished it around (under water) for 5 minutes which is way more water than a tree would ever see during any rain storm. We let the leaves dry again and put them into another bug aquarium with 9 healthy Japanese Beetles. Unbelievably in less than 2 hours the beetles were on the bottom dying with no leaf damage. The tiny bites they took off of one side of the leaf, that were barely noticeable, was enough to make them stop feeding and to kill them.

We kept that branch alive by submerging the cut end in a jar of water within the tank and kept introducing fresh beetles every day for the next week. The new insecticide didn’t miss a beat. Every day all the beetles were dying on the bottom within 2 hours. We knew what we needed to know; that this product was even better than the old product and all with no odor. What a nice find!

It is important to note that all products labeled for residential use are tested and monitored by the Department of Agriculture and EPA. Products of the past like DDT aren’t made any longer, and rightfully so. The product formulations available today are deadly to tiny insects, but safe in their tank mixed form for people, pets and wildlife. It is also important to note that the sprays that we use on trees and shrubs are actually safer and less toxic than store bought spray cans of ant, termite and spider products that folks use inside their homes when necessary.

One might ask… why doesn’t every company use top quality products such as those used by us? Because of the cost. Most other companies compete in the industry by offering low pricing. To achieve that they have to use the most inexpensive products available, products that might kill on contact but basically lose their effectiveness in two days. To get great results you need the products that provide them.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!