Bugs in my tree

Asked July 24, 2016, 4:35 PM EDT

I just noticed my tree was suddenly turning brown. Upon closer look there are at least 100 beetles in it. How do I get rid of them? I do not like to use anything that can hurt bees. Many thanks! Jan. PS I have attached photos of tree and bug.

Ramsey County Minnesota beetles trees horticulture

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Your little tree has a Japanese beetle infestation. Fortunately, your tree is small enough that you can probably control the damage by had picking (and flicking them into a container of soapy water). You'll have to do this fairly frequently (twice a day, perhaps) for a fairly long time (through August). Read here:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/japanese-beetles/

Japanese beetle populations run in cycles and this year seems to be especially bad in the Twin Cities.