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Associated Press, Published August 09 2012

Japanese beetles found in traps in West Fargo

BISMARCK — A plant pest widely found in the eastern U.S. has been detected in North Dakota for the second time in 11 years.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says Japanese beetles have been found in traps in West Fargo. He says the bugs mainly damage trees, ornamental plants and turf grass, but they also can harm soybean and corn crops.

Japanese beetle trapping has been ongoing in North Dakota since 1960. The last time a beetle was found was in 2001, in Burleigh County.

Goehring says his department monitors about 80 traps.

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