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County Declared Free From Japanese Beetle

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County Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) determined the county to be free from Japanese beetle, after setting up and monitoring more than 1,000 traps in search of the widespread and destructive pest.  The Japanese beetle can cause millions of dollars in damage to trees and crops.  It is the most widespread pest of turf grass and often destroys lawns, parks and golf courses, by feeding on the roots of grasses as well as landscape and ornamental plants.  AWM worked cooperatively with the California Department of Food & Agriculture on the monitoring and setting up of traps at and around the San Diego International Airport, a known “high hazard” location for hitchhiking beetles.  After more than three months of trap monitoring, not a single Japanese beetle was found.  Aggressive border inspections and quarantine restrictions also have helped keep the County Japanese beetle-free.