OREM, Utah (AP) -- Utah agriculture officials say a horde of Japanese beetles that showed up in Orem a few years ago is nearly eradicated.

Only five beetles were caught this summer. In 2007, there were around 2,000 in an urban neighborhood near downtown.

Officials attribute the decline to an aggressive spraying program enacted shortly after the nonnative beetles were discovered in 2006.

The city of Orem has now lifted restrictions on its yard waste recycling program that were intended to prevent spread of the beetle.

State officials had worried the half-inch beetles might spread quickly in Utah -- harming farms and suburban landscapes -- if they weren't thoroughly treated.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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