Palisade says the Japanese Beetle has been eradicated from the area

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

After six years of hard work and more than $300,000, the Town of Palisade is finally rid of the pesky Japanese Beetle.

For the past six years the insect has been feeding on Palisade peaches and grapes.

"It is very harmful to the grapes and peach trees. Apparently it will defoliate both very drastically and quickly," says Donovan Talbott at C & R Farms.

This year alone there were 415 traps placed around the town to catch the bug. Now officials say because the traps have been turning up empty, they believe the beetle is no longer in town.

The Japanese Beetle Eradication Program will keep the traps around for one more year, but they do not expect any of the bugs to return.

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