Managing Japanese Beetles In The Yard And Garden

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Meeting Room

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library—Ruiz Branch
2017 W. Pennway St., Kansas City, MO 64108
FREE— No Reservation Required

Gardening in Kansas City often means dealing with Japanese beetles. Learn more about these destructive pests and ways to handle an infestation in this hour-long workshop.

Topics covered will include:

• History and life cycle of a Japanese beetle
• Damage caused by Japanese beetles
• Which plants attract Japanese beetles
• Pest management strategies – including beetle bopping!

Japanese beetles were discovered in eastern North America in 1916. By 1932, they had migrated to St. Louis. Today, these invasive pests are part of the Kansas City landscape – destroying lawns, gardens, and crops throughout the area.

Master Gardener Beth Touchstone will be on hand to give us some ideas about managing this exotic and invasive pest.

Admission is FREE.

Questions? Contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565 or

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