|Crews sprayed insecticide on lawns
in Grandview this past spring, treating
for the recently discovered infestation
of Japanese beetle.
Just a few years ago Grandview residents didn’t have to
worry about an invasive pest gobbling up their roses, or making it impossible
to have a green and full lawn. Now, Japanese beetles are in full force as
they’ve begun to emerge from their winter, underground homes.
Last year in 2021, we saw these non-native Japanese beetles
grow exponentially in population. This year, before the ‘adult flight season,’
our eradication teams took to the lawns of Grandview and applied an insecticide
to help curb the population of these beetles. So why are we seeing thousands of
beetles? Didn’t the treatment work?
What was the point?
These questions may be on the minds of many Grandview area
residents as we begin to see a larger population of Japanese beetles than last
Since last fall, Japanese beetle grubs have been
underground, growing, and preparing to emerge this summer as adults. Our
entomologists explain, the treatment that was applied this past spring will not
affect the grubs. The active ingredient wasn’t strong enough to kill these
ground-dwelling, uninvited guests, because they were too big, almost full grown
So, now we’re seeing an even larger population of beetles this year. So why do
the treatment at all? What was the point?
The adult beetles that are flying around our yards now,
eating a big feast and mating, are laying eggs. These eggs will hatch very
soon, and they will begin to eat the roots of the grass. Their regular life
cycle says they will continue to grow all winter, and emerge as adults next
summer. However, when they eat the roots of a treated lawn, because they are so
small, they will not survive.
That’s why we won’t see the results of this year’s treatment
until next summer, when the beetle eggs that were laid this summer begin to
emerge from the ground and take flight. We anticipate seeing a decline in the
population in summer 2023.
However, we can’t do this with treatment alone.
We need your help
Our teams are on the ground daily checking the Japanese
beetle traps, more than 2,300, while also working on ways to dispose of our
yard waste, and instituting a proposed
quarantine that would limit the spread of this pest beyond the current
The quarantine proposal will have a public hearing on August
2. We encourage as many voices to participate as possible, it’ll be held at The
Learning Center at 313 Division St. at 10 a.m.
While we are waiting for the final touches to be put on our
yard waste disposal site, we are asking residents who want to join the fight
against these pests to keep all yard waste like lawn clippings, sod, and others
on their property until our site is ready. Crews are working hard to get the
disposal site ready. Once it is ready, we will be able to take yard debris and
green waste from all businesses and residents inside the infestation area. From
there, we will be chipping the items to ensure they do not house a place for
beetle larvae to hatch, grow, or reproduce.
Keep an eye out for more information on that soon.
What else can I do?
Be on the lookout for a treatment request from WSDA
for next year’s eradication effort, pending funding, in early 2023. We want to
get that second round of treatment on as many lawns as we can, to sway the
Japanese beetle population from growing into our crops and ultimately affecting
our food, and local ag economy. Residents and other interested parties can stay
in the loop on all our efforts by joining the Pest Program email listserv. (make sure “Japanese
beetle” is checked, or join the
Japanese Beetle Watch Facebook group.