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How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

If you start to see holes in the leaves of your landscape plants and notice iridescent flashes of flying insects, it is highly probably that your landscape plants, shrubs, and trees are falling victim to the pesky Japanese beetle. This invasive bug eats the leaves and flowers off of your plants, destroying the beauty of your landscaping and taking your investment with them.

Learn how you can get rid of Japanese beetles in central Iowa areas such as West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ankeny, and the surrounding cities.

Pesticides are the most effective way to get rid of Japanese beetles.

Damaged tree leaf covered with Japanese beetles in West Des Moines, IA.

As these beetles begin to emerge from the soil after pupating, usually in late June to mid-July, they begin to eat your plants. If you have applied a preventative treatment, then this should help to control their population. Curative treatment may also be required, particularly if the invasion is bad or the beetles stay around for a while. Generally, it is recommended to apply the treatment once or twice per season.

At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we use a product called Bifenthrin to get rid of these beetles. This product is used for Japanese beetles, but can also prevent other pests such as ticks, fire ants, spiders, yellow jackets, flies, fleas, termites, and more. Each treatment will be effective for about 30 days or so. If the beetles are present on your plants, the spray will kill them on contact, thus protecting any part of the landscape that has not yet been damaged by these...

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The Dangers of Letting Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas Stay in Your Yard

The Dangers of Letting Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas Stay in Your Yard

Caring for your lawn takes a lot of time and maintenance. From mowing and mulching to trimming and edging, something always needs to be done. One of the last things homeowners think about is the pests that slowly but surely enter lawns.

Mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are some of the most common lawn pests that can be found on your property, and they pose some of the biggest threats to you, your family, and your domestic animals.

Lawn Pests & The Diseases They Can Cause

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are common threats that pack a big punch in the disease department. One bite from any of them can transmit a number of diseases to both humans and animals.

Fleas on a dog's skin can cause other issues like diseases in West Des Moines.


During early fall, fleas are the most active in the Des Moines region of Iowa. Flea infestations in your yard are just a stone's throw away from being a flea infestation in your home. The most common diseases transmitted directly from fleas to people include:

  • Tularemia
  • Bubonic Plague
  • Murine Typhus
  • Allergies (from flea saliva)


The American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, and Deer tick (Blacklegged tick) are the most common species of ticks found in IA. They are most active between April and September and prefer areas that are heavily woody, bushy, or contain tall grassy areas.

Ticks are carriers of a large list of diseases. If you ever find a tick on your skin or notice a tick bite, make sure to identify the tick and monitor for signs and symptoms of a...

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