Asiatic garden beetles are a natural part of biology and are to be found in different habitats throughout the world, including forests, gardens, orchards, and even fields. As a result of their nomadic lifestyles, they have been transported all over the world for various reasons.
Many people tend to fear these pests based on the period of time that they are active for and often choose to try to control them with chemicals. However, it should be noted that although chemical treatments seem like an easy solution in the short term, there may be detrimental effects on the environment when used improperly.
The beetle's origin is from China and it has been introduced with seed in the Americas and Europe. It was first discovered in England in 1846 and was originally known as Cuculliodes cucullatus. However, it later received its current name "Asiatic Garden Beetle" when it was first described by an English scientist, who noticed the insects while studying beetles in India.
In this article, we will look at some natural methods for controlling Asiatic garden beetles which can be both effective in most cases and environmentally friendly too!
What Do Asiatic Garden Beetles Eat?
The Asiatic Garden Beetle is a predator that feeds primarily on other insects. Beetles can be found in gardens, orchards, and near water bodies such as ponds. They are considered to be a pest because of their ability to feed on other insects, and then spread to other plants. The Asiatic Garden Beetle is not a disease or plant infection carrier. They are mainly an insect that eats other insects. If you are seeing dead insects in your garden or yard, it is most likely the result of feeding activity by these beetles. There are many reasons for having this insect in your yard, such as they feed on pests and feed on the innards of plants that may be weakening it.
Asiatic Garden Beetle Life Cycle
The Asiatic Garden Beetle is a beetle that lives in tropical areas of Asia and Oceania. It has three life stages: egg, larva, and adult. The eggs are laid in clusters on the undersides of the leaves of plants. The eggs hatch within eight days and afterward, the larvae feed on the leaves and develop in a six-week period. The larvae are unable to fly so they tunnel around plants and can cause considerable damage to valuable plants.
After they have finished their development, the larvae burrow into the ground or a piece of soil and spend time feeding off soil organisms such as bacteria and fungi, but avoid the roots. After six months, when they have grown to 5 millimeters long, they pupate in the soil and go through four molts until they become adults. These adults can be grey or black depending on their origin but there is no discernable difference between them once they mature.
The larvae are the most destructive stage of this beetle. They eat holes in leaves and plants, leaving them looking like lace. They also eat the roots of plants, damaging or killing them. Asiatic Garden Beetles tend to strip all of the foliage from plants before moving on to other ones nearby. They also attack a variety of trees and shrubs such as Japanese plum, pawpaw trees, guava trees, magnolia trees, dogwood trees, bougainvillea bushes, and rhododendrons.
Asiatic Garden Beetle Damages To The Garden
Asian beetles are a major threat to our gardens. These pests feed on leaves of plants and trees in the garden and can cause significant damage to fruit trees, pomegranate trees, roses, magnolia, etc. Asian beetles have been known to attack flowers and other ornamental plants as well. Once these insects are inside of your home or business they will multiply rapidly and spread throughout the building or property. They are attracted to light and warmth. These beetles will eat anything that is organic including the wood in your home, as well as fabrics like upholstery and carpeting.
How To Get Rid of Asiatic Garden Beetles
There are few ways to control Asiatic garden beetles. The fact that you see them means they have not been doing well. However, knowing what to look for and how to best control them can be quite a challenge. For example, If you live in the Austin area USA, you may have already seen the Asian garden beetles on display at the insect place or nursery where you buy your plants or flowers. They are so tiny that they are hard to find unless someone points them out.
The best way to get rid of these beetles is by using a pesticide, whether it's a natural product or chemical insecticide. But knowing the different types of pesticides available and not knowing which to use can be very frustrating. Having a control plan in place can be very crucial because every case is different. Therefore, here are some useful hints on getting rid of Asiatic garden beetles:
1. Research for that specific insecticide and read the product label because it is very crucial that you know which insecticide to use and know how to best use it.
2. Make sure to follow the label instructions and do not try anything else other than what's written on the label because the instructions are there for your safety and to ensure you get rid of those nasty bugs.
3. Inspect your plants regularly, especially in areas where you have seen them because they tend to hide out in those areas where they feel safe and protected from danger.
4. You can also place yellow sticky cards around the outside of your house and in the garden where you have seen them because they are attracted to bright colors so they will be discouraged from coming to that area.
5. If you are seeing a lot of them, make sure to keep spraying till you get rid of them all, don't stop in the middle because they can come back or even spread to other parts of your house and garden.
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Does Milky Spore Kill Asiatic Garden Beetles
Milky Spore is a Japanese product that is used to control the Asiatic garden beetle, which destroys many types of plants. Milky Spore produces spores that are ingested by the beetles and produce a disease that affects the body of the beetle. When the beetle is dead, its body will rupture and the contents of the gut will be absorbed by the plant.
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How To Protect Plants From Asiatic Garden Beetles Damages
The Asiatic garden beetle is a very prolific pest of many different types of plants. They are attracted to the sap in plants and can cause significant damage. Here are some ways to help protect your plants from Asiatic Garden Beetles damage.
Inspect the plants. Look up and down the plant for holes or other damage. Look for any feeding activity or signs of poop on the undersides of leaves or stems. Pay close attention to leaves that do not look as healthy as your other plants. Inspect all new plants for signs of infestation, especially if they are brought in from outside sources such as nurseries, and also in trees and soil from debris from old structures that may have been infested with this pest over time.
Keep a close watch on your garden plants during warm weather months because they move into your garden during those months when you think they are most active (spring). They lay eggs in the soil, and move into your flower beds when the weather is warm. Large infestations can come out of nowhere when you are not watching.
It is much easier for you to control them while in small infestations rather than a huge problem. You can use Beneficial Nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the eggs and larvae (worms) of numerous insects such as Asiatic garden beetles, and even bothersome grubs such as Japanese beetle grubs. They work very well to kill all phases of these pests. Just sprinkle them onto your plants like a fertilizer when needed and they take care of the rest.
To Summaries, the Asiatic garden beetles may cause damage to your plants and trees, and you need to know how to get rid of them because they are one of the most problematic pests in terms of damaging crops. The most effective way is to use pesticides; but if you suspect a problem, start by doing some research and then using the appropriate pesticide as per your circumstances. If you have any questions or any other ideas that can help you prevent your plants from getting damaged by the pest, feel free to contact me.