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Japanese beetles heading westward

Japanese_beetles According to this article, Japanese beetles have infested all of Illinois and are showing up in Iowa.

Our Customer Service department also received several calls today about Japanese beetles in Missouri.

The USDA probably needs to update this map of the infested areas.

This is all newsworthy because of the efforts of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to prevent the westward migration of the Japanese beetle. This document also has some good information on the subject. It mentions that nine western states in particular are designated for special protection against Japanese beetle infestation: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. (Although, they may be too late to prevent Japanese beetles in Colorado.) To help accomplish this quarantine, the USDA uses Japanese Beetle Traps at airports as a control measure.

June 20, 2005 in Japanese Beetles | Permalink


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We have been trying to cope with Japanese Beetles in our rose garden. Called county agent and was told to pick off and put in bucket of water and cooking oil.Works well bet labor intense and slow.Went with Sterling Rescue and works well.How long can I expect to continue this prosse.How long will this infestation last.Also can I get more attractant cartridge! Thank You. Bob Reade.

Posted by: Bob Reade | Jul 23, 2005 2:46:36 PM

One morning on my way out the door, I saw 8 flies in my bay window. I thought this was disgusting but weird more than anything. (One fly gets in when a door is open, no big deal, but 8, this is weird.) So I sprayed and kill them, but when I returned home that evening, there were about 20 dead flies. Now I'm nervous! After two weeks, I am finding a number of dead flies in my window sill. What could be causing this problem? Any thoughts?

Posted by: Jack | Jul 24, 2005 6:13:13 PM

Bob, I'm glad you had success with our Japanese Beetle Trap. The infestation of adult Japanese Beetles will last about 4 to 6 weeks. The RESCUE! trap is a disposable, one-time use trap, so we do not sell replacement cartridges for it. Thanks for writing.

Posted by: Stephanie | Jul 25, 2005 10:28:27 AM

Jack, the problem you have sounds like cluster flies. They get inside homes and congregate in window sills. They are usually a problem in the fall when the weather gets cooler. The fly trap we manufacture is for outdoor use, but there are some sticky fly traps for indoor use that may be helpful. (Search "window fly trap" on the web.) This link has some more information that also may be of use: http://cecommerce.uwex.edu/pdfs/A2090.PDF. Thank you for writing.

Posted by: Stephanie | Jul 25, 2005 10:37:59 AM

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