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OREM, Utah (AP) -- More that 50 percent of residents and property owners in the Orem area have signed up for pesticide spraying to help eradicate Japanese beetles.
Officials credit an April door-to-door campaign for the increase in households giving permission for the spraying.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food hopes to start spraying by the end of this month or the beginning of June.
Residents in the effected area must give permission before the spraying can begin. They also can't grow fruit or vegetables for three years.
More than 600 of the beetles that devour foliage, turf and vegetable gardens were discovered in west-central Orem last August.
The Japanese beetle is considered one of the two most destructive insects in the United States. The other is the Gypsy moth.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com
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