Who's UPS Gonna Call? Bug Busters


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Who's UPS Gonna Call? Bug Busters - Yahoo

It's Japanese beetle season and UPS Airlines is in full battle mode to prevent the destructive pest from hopping on a plane for a ride out West.

Japanese beetles, which were accidentally introduced to the U.S. more than a century ago, cause massive crop and plant damage each year. They feed on the roots of grasses and foliage of more than 300 species of ornamental and agricultural plants. The insects tend to hatch in large numbers and when they congregate can quickly defoliate a plant.

The beetles are unable to fly across the Rocky Mountains, but sometimes get transported on aircraft to the West Coast where they pose a big threat to fruit and vegetable farms.