Those who direct the Japanese beetle-eradication program in Orem are claiming cautious success because no Japanese beetles were caught in traps this year.
Officials from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they will not consider the pest infestation to be eradicated until no beetles are detected for three years. This is the first year none were found in traps designed to attract them.
"It is too early to state that we have eradicated the Japanese beetle in Orem, but with zero beetles detected in the hundreds of traps we set up in the area, we are cautiously optimistic that we have attained success," said state entomologist Clint Burfitt. "Technically we cannot claim eradication for another two years."