In this FOX 32 interview, Shawn Kingzette from Davey’s Crystal Lake, Illinois, office talks about Japanese beetles and how to deal with them.
It's that time of year again. Japanese beetles are eating up trees and shrubs in northern Illinois, and they're causing damage on a lot of levels.
As grubs, the beetles feed on the roots of grasses, vegetables, and ornamental plants. This month, they've emerged as adults, and they're feeding above ground.
"We have to spray the beetles. We spray the foliage of the plants so that it doesn't taste good to the beetles, and we also kill them as we're treating them. And then they can't do so much damage to our plants," said Shawn Kingzette, of The Davey Tree Expert Company.
The Davey Tree Expert Company, established in 1880 and headquartered in Kent, Ohio, provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners in the U.S. and Canada. With 11,000 employees, Davey Tree is the eighth largest employee-owned company in the U.S.