Past Wet Summers Lead To Big Japanese Beetle Swarms Now

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Agricultural experts say that if last summer bred lots of Japanese beetles, this year is even worse.

Maddox says beetle traps and other anti-bug products are flying off the shelves of his nursery in Plain Township south of Canton. Pest experts say past wet summers helped incubate beetle eggs, resulting in big swarms now.

The beetles generally don't destroy plants, just eat the leaves.

David Shetlar, an urban landscape entomologist for the Ohio State Extension, says that large amounts of the beetles are showing up in northeast Ohio, between Canton and Cleveland, in southwest Ohio near Dayton and in the northwest part of the state near Toledo.