Oviposition behavior of oriental beetle in nursery crops
Researchers with the Application Technology Research Unit Horticultural Insects Lab are investigating various factors that affect oriental beetle oviposition depth and egg survival, and how these factors influence pesticide effectiveness.
The oriental beetle is an important grub pest of turf and ornamental nursery crops in northeast Ohio. While growers can obtain good control of oriental beetles in turf through the use of surface-applied pesticides, this method is not as effective in field grown, woody ornamentals.
Researchers believe that a more thorough understanding of the oviposition behavior of oriental beetles in nursery crops will aid researchers and growers in the development of more effective methods to control these pests.