The Cedar Mill area is Ground Zero for the current Japanese Beetle infestation that threatens our local gardens and nurseries. The Oregon Agriculture Department has been focusing its attention on the Cedar Mill and Bethany area due to the rapid proliferation of the invasive Japanese Beetle in our neighborhood. The species is a serious threat to home and commercial gardens, and the ODA will be conducting an eradication program over the next several years with the help of community members across the Portland area.
Get all the details at the project website: http://www.japanesebeetlepdx.info/
More background from The Cedar Mill News.
You can learn to identify the beetle, the various stages of its life cycle, and what you can do to help prevent the spread of this destructive garden pest.
The Japanese Beetle in the U.S. – a Short History
A native of Japan, the Japanese Beetle was first detected in the state of New Jersey in 1916. Since then it has slowly spread across the United States and, in fact, has been eradicated in Oregon several times in the last 30 years. While especially partial to roses, the beetle also attacks grapes, orchard fruits, cane berries, corn, hops, outdoor cannabis and urban forest trees. This latest infestation likely originated from grubs or adult beetles that were transported in house plants or new landscape plantings. Once established, the infestation easily spreads. Even the simple act of depositing your grass clippings in yard debris recycling bins can broadcast the infestation far beyond your own garden.
Help save Oregon from the Japanese Beetle at: http://www.japanesebeetlepdx.info.
Post updated 2/20/2018