The Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program created an Eradication Playbook
to document the diversity of activities that have gone into creating successful eradication projects for Asian gypsy moths and Japanese beetles in Oregon. It also serves as a quick reference field guide for eradication projects.
2019 Japanese beetle eradication program
The IPPM program will be beginning the third year of treatment to battle the Japanese beetle in April 2019. We are again asking for residents to consent to allow IPPM to treat their property in the treatment area.
Residents in the area should see letters with details about the project in the mailboxes starting in late January. These letters will include details about how to fill in your consent form online, as well as a reply envelope to send back a paper consent form.
Residents that consented in the past couple years may receive an email with details for 2019. They will be able to enter their information online as before.
IPPM will be using the same product, Acelepryn G, a granular larvicide that was used in 2017 and 2018. For more information about the program, please visit the project website http://www.JapaneseBeetlePDX.info
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation to keep this invasive pest out of Oregon.
2019 Japanese Beetle Yard debris quarantine
To comply with the quarantine to prevent the spread of both Japanese beetle adults and larvae, all residents, landscapers, and waste managers that work in the yard debris quarantine area must follow the steps below.
Residential yard debris including grass clippings, plants with soil, and sod must be contained and delivered to Northwest Landscape Services (NLS) (details below). Compost and transfer facilities ARE NOT ALLOWED to accept yard debris from the quarantine area in order to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle. See the online map of the quarantine boundary — the quarantine area is the area outlined in ORANGE on the map.
If possible, keep yard debris at the property or use a standard curbside yard debris bin.
If yard debris must be removed from the property, bag and cover the load and take it directly to:
- Northwest Landscape Services (NLS)
1800 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, OR
- STARTING APRIL 1 2019: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7am to 5pm; Saturday by appointment; Closed Sundays and Holidays.
- This yard debris drop-off site is ONLY available to quarantine residents and their landscapers.
- THE DROP OFF SITE IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. IT WILL REOPEN ON APRIL 1 2019.
Quarantined yard debris and material includes:
- Grass clippings
- Plants with roots or soil attached
- Sod or removed turfgrass
- Growing media (potting soil from raised beds or potted plants, NOT fill dirt)
- Bulbs or tubers of ornamental plants
- Mixed loads containing the above material (avoid mixed loads containing garbage and non-plant material)
Yard debris that does not need to be taken to Northwest Landscape Services includes:
- Tree limbs or prunings (no roots attached)
- Shrubs prunings or clippings (no roots attached)
- Fill dirt
- Lumber or fence boards with dirt attached
- Non-plant materials such as lumber, cement, gravel, and fencing
- Materials not on the list of quarantined debris or materials
Japanese beetle resources
Light brown apple moth
Light brown apple moth (LBAM) detections
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) caught 1 light brown apple moth in 2010, 2 in 2015, and 3 in 2016. All moths were caught within a one square mile area south of Independence in Polk County. Catching moths in 2015 and then again in 2016 in the same general area indicated the presence of a breeding population of LBAM.
2017 LBAM eradication project south of Independence, Polk County
The eradication project included:
- Adult LBAM treatments: Two applications of SPLAT, a mating disruption pheromone, applied by airplane
- Larval LBAM treatments: Three applications of Bacillus thuriengensis kurstaki (Btk), a biological pesticide, applied by airplane
- Delimitation traps placed in the vicinity of the treatment area and detection traps placed statewide.
All aerial treatments have been completed for 2017. Delimitation trapping will be completed in late October.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with USDA and other federal and state agencies, conducted an eradication program in the North and Northwest Portland area in 2016. Approximately 7,000 acres were treated in April and May with an aerial application of a biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki to eradicate the Asian and European gypsy moth infestation. The treatment phase was completed in 2016, and we are currently in the second year of the trapping detection phase.
ODA has completed the trapping program for the 2017 season. We did not detect any Asian gypsy moths in the Portland area, indicating the treatment was a success.
ODA detected a total of 11 European gypsy moths in Oregon in 2017, in Benton, Multnomah, Lane and Josephine counties. Detection traps will be placed accordingly throughout the state starting in spring 2018. No eradication is proposed.
Oregon participates in a federal program to monitor, and
suppress when necessary, grasshoppers and Mormon crickets. Even though not all
grasshopper species are pests, outbreaks can vary in their magnitude and
geographic expanse. Early intervention can dampen the severity of an outbreak
Grasshopper survey report
The 2015 Oregon grasshopper survey season showed a continuing increase in the grasshopper population which had been declined through 2013 from a high in 2011. An estimated 2.4 million acres across eastern Oregon were found to be economically infested. ODA and USDA-APHIS did not participate in any control efforts during 2015, though from various informal reports we believe there were several programs for treating privately held land.