Check for Japanese Beetles When Buying Shrubs, Trees or Flowers

Japanese beetle damage to rose (Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, www.Bugwood.org)

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging North Dakotans to check for Japanese beetle infestation when buying from nursery stock this spring.

“If you have purchased shrubs, trees or flowers this year, please inspect the plants carefully and remove and kill any Japanese beetles you find,” Goehring said. “We do not believe large numbers of this pest are in North Dakota yet, and we don’t want it to become a resident.”

Goehring said more information on the Japanese beetle and methods for controlling can be found in a publication by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service. If you’d like to know more, click on the link attached to this story. He said homeowners can also contact their nursery dealer or their county extension agent for more information.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is surveying for the beetles by placing approximately 1,900 bright green and yellow Japanese beetle traps across the state in high risk areas. Areas deemed high-risk are previously positive areas, nurseries, parks and golf courses. The goal is to place approximately 25 traps in every county.