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Oregon on the Hunt for Invasive Insects

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

At the beginning of every May, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) starts setting out about 20,000 insect traps as part of its annual campaign to determine what types of invasive or harmful insects are in the state. Oregon pest control experts share that the project helps the state take preventive action to control the pests before infestations get out of hand.

Oregon Pest Management Findings       

Among the most harmful pests are gypsy moths and Japanese beetles.

About 12,000 of the insect traps that ODA workers set out are designed to trap gypsy moths, which defoliate trees. The workers place traps throughout western Oregon in places like the Port of Portland, along waterways and in neighborhoods.

Officials say that moth infestations are cyclical. For example, in the last three years, the ODA caught three moths. However, the department trapped about 19,000 moths in the mid-1980s, which indicated they needed to take preventive action.

Workers will set out about 2,500 traps in nurseries, golf courses and airports to catch Japanese beetles. The invasive species feeds on ornamental plants like roses. In 2013, workers caught 25 beetles near the Portland International Airport. 

Other insects that the ODA intends to trap include the emerald ash borer and Asian long horned beetles.

Invasive Insect Species in Oregon

Some of the most harmful invasive insects in Oregon include:

  • Brown marmorated stink bug
  • Kudzu bug
  • Fire ants
  • Giant African, heath, white garden and vineyard snails
  • Wax scale
  • Wood wasps
  • Light brown apple moth
  • Mexican bean beetle

Prevention is the key to keeping invasive species and pests away from your property. To learn more about the pests that you find at your home or business, call the Oregon pest control experts at Eden Pest right away.

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