UWM Entomology Department Releases Test Results Showing Revolutionary New Way of Preventing Japanese Beetle Damage – BugVibes™ – Japanese Beetle Kit

The University of Wisconsin tested the effectiveness of BugVibes™ – Japanese Beetle Kit and the analysis was completed as of September 6th. Tests were conducted using six plants without BugVibes™ and six plants with BugVibes™.

Experimental Plot Set-Up

Experimental Plot Set-Up

*The University of Wisconsin offers an MS and Ph.D. degree and their Entomology program is ranked in the top 5 nationally – Japanese beetles are a specialty to the university due to the predominance of the species in this location.

The results of the stringent testing demonstrated BugVibe’s™ availability to prevent damage done from Japanese Beetles. The results were based off of three qualifications; count of damage on leaves, percentage of overall of feeding damage to the rose plants, and percentage of flowers fed on by Japanese beetle adults.

After comparing the rose plants with the BugVibes™ units to the control plants, the first part of the tests concludes that BugVibes™ units can effectively reduce the incidence of feeding on foliage by Japanese beetle adults. See figure below to see the Japanese beetle foliage damage-leaf count.

Japanese Beetle Foliage Damage-Leaf Count

Japanese Beetle Foliage Damage-Leaf Count

Part two of the study shows that the BugVibes™ – Japanese Beetle Kit reduced the overall damage to the rose plants by a very large amount. See figure below.

Japanese Beetle Foliage Damage-Overall %

Japanese Beetle Foliage Damage-Overall %

The overall results of the study indicated that BugVibes™ units “effectively reduced the extent of foliar damage to rose plants by Japanese beetle adults.” Based on the successful protection of foliage, it was concluded that the physical disturbance of adult Japanese beetles using BugVibes™ “may be a viable non-chemical practice for protecting plants, and could become a part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.”

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