PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST IS AN ARCHIVE FROM THE 2017-2018 PROJECT YEAR.
After treating the areas of Cedar Mill and Bonny Slope in Washington County this past spring, Oregon Department of Agriculture makes plans for Japanese beetle battle part 2.
A total of just over 23,000 destructive Japanese beetles were caught in Washington County this year. “The threat to Oregon is more imminent now because of the numbers of beetles we are seeing and the fact that we have seen damage to plants within the epicenter of the insect’s population, so it’s not hypothetical, it’s for real,” says ODA’s Burfitt, a veteran of successful Japanese beetle eradication projects in Utah. “However, I’m still optimistic about eradicating our current infestations. As long as the community continues to support the 5-year project, I know we can get this done.” Find out more about the project: Oregon Department of Agriculture will be working with partners and the community throughout the winter and spring to make plans for year two of the proposed eradication project. Read up on year one and what that means for year two: https://wp.me/p52oQB-oP
Header photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, bugwood.org