Oregon trying to head off invading beetles
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Officially, Oregon remains free of Japanese beetle, an invasive species that has been spreading across the country, feeding on turf, fruit trees, berries and hops.
But 32 of the insects were trapped last year near the Portland International Airport and eight this year. The supervisor of the state's insect pest prevention program, Helmeth Rogg, suspects the beetles grew up in Oregon.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/152q56m ) the airport is a battleground because beetles are believed to catch a ride on shipments from infested states.
The Agriculture Department uses scent traps to catch adult beetles, which are green and brown and about the size of a thumbnail. In May about 40 acres around the airport were spray with pesticide.
About $300,000 will be spent in Oregon this year to stop Japanese beetles.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com