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Associated Press, Published August 13 2012

ND ag department setting additional beetle traps after pests found in eastern part of state

BISMARCK — North Dakota's agriculture commissioner says his department is placing an additional 100 Japanese beetle traps in and near nurseries that have purchased stock from a Minnesota nursery stock supplier.

Last week, a Japanese beetle found in Grand Forks was positively identified by the NDSU Extension Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. More specimens were later found in traps in West Fargo.

The beetles are believed to have hitched a ride from the supplier.

Agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring says North Dakota home and property owners should check recently purchased shrubs, trees or flowers for the pest.

The beetle is native to Japan and found in the U.S. in 1916. It is now found in nearly every state east of the Mississippi River. The only previous finding in North Dakota was in 2001.

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