PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST IS AN ARCHIVE FROM 2017.
Japanese beetles in floral pheromone traps in late July, 2017 in the Cedar Mill neighborhood. Photograph by Chris Hedstrom, ODA.
View all current catches on the interactive map, here:
As far as Japanese beetle habits go, the beetles are at the tail end of peak flight—which means there are many beetles flying—and it is important to use best management practices when disposing of the green waste and yard debris generated from this area.
Currently, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has detected over 12,000 adult beetles from our detection grids. Roughly 2% of these beetles have been found outside of the treatment area. The core of the infestation is located at the center of the treatment area, west of Saltzman Rd and Hartford St, in the Cedar Mill area. Some areas have a sporadic distribution of traps with beetles, possibly the result of beetles being transported on vehicles. However, one trapping area captured beetles consistently throughout a new area, which could indicate low-level infestation and may warrant expansion of the treatment and quarantine boundary in 2018.
We will begin to analyze the information from this year’s surveillance activity to help us develop the 2018 response plan for year two of the eradication project, which begins spring of 2018. The Oregon Department of Agriculture will be seeking greater community support and likely additional funding to have a chance at eradicating this unprecedented amount of Japanese beetles in the Pacific Northwest.
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Photos by Jessica Riehl unless otherwise noted.