PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST IS AN ARCHIVE FROM 2017.
Oregon Department of Agriculture survey technicians have been busy placing traps throughout the state. All traps were in place prior to peak flight of adult beetles and now the traps are being checked and the lures are being replaced. Traps were placed in high densities over a large area to gather specific information about the Japanese beetle population.
These traps are green with a funnel and a catch can. They hang on a metal pole set into the ground near hosts such as turf, roses, or grapes. Japanese beetle traps are baited with a synthetic female sex lure called a pheromone. The traps also have a floral food lure in addition to a pheromone lure. Learn more about the trapping program at the Oregon Department of Oregon website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/IPPM/InsectsSpiders/Pages/TrappingSurveys.aspx.
Japanese beetle trap at the Portland International Airport, 2016. Photograph by Jessica Riehl, Samara Group.
Header photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, bugwood.org