The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is leading the state’s response to COVID-19. Health officials urge good hand washing practices, covering our cough, and staying home if sick. Based on these recommendations, our Japanese beetle eradication project will adopt the following measures to reduce contact and exposure between you and our eradication team:
1) Our staff will practice good hand washing hygiene and handle any notifications left at your door with gloves following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OHA. Sick ODA employees will be asked to stay home.
2) We will contact you by electronic means—phone, e-mail, and text—to alert you about the treatment date of your property in order to practice social distancing. We will avoid knocking on your door to reduce physical contact.
3) Please unlock your gates on the day of treatment to reduce exposure.
We appreciate your continuous support and assistance for our Japanese beetle eradication efforts under these unprecedented times. Please feel free to contact project coordinator Ashley Toland at (503) 986-4638 if you have specific questions, but understand that response time may be delayed due to the current circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.
Header photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, bugwood.org