Japanese beetles are a common crop pest throughout the Midwest. They feed on over 300 different species of plants. Current methods to control the pest can be costly and toxic.

University of Minnesota students Aditya Prabhu and James Duquette may have developed a perimeter-based solution. An insecticide-infused netting is placed at regular intervals around the perimeter of a property. According to Prabhu, they can attract and kill Japanese beetles within two minutes of exposure.

Pilot projects for the Allure bait and kill product are scheduled for this summer.

Read more about the new method of controlling Japanese beetles here.