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State plans smaller beetle attack in Orem

State plans smaller beetle attack in Orem

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- Utah is planning another attack on Orem's Japanese beetles, but the treatment zone is much smaller this summer.

State agriculture officials say they've cut the zone in half because fewer beetles were found in 2007. And there's more good news: Vegetable gardens are OK, even if an Orem homeowner is in the treatment zone.

Insecticide first will be applied outside schools and Orem Community Hospital. Certain neighborhoods will be targeted starting June 23.

Experts say the Japanese beetle can destroy gardens, trees and turf and damage commercial agriculture if not controlled.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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