State officials plan to squash Japanese beetle infestation
April 12, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State officials say they will begin a campaign to kill Japanese beetles that are destructive toward commercial nurseries, vineyards, orchards and crops next week.
The Capital Press reports (http://bit.ly/2oUW6xt ) the Oregon Department of Agriculture says the action, which will start April 17, could become an annual treatment for the next five years. The department says an infestation of the bug was confirmed last summer.
Under the campaign, contractors will apply a granular insecticide to the lawn of 2,500 private properties in the Cider Mill area, west of Portland....