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Japanese beetle spreads westward

now established in central Missouri

The Japanese beetle, a pest that has infested most states east of the Mississippi and the St. Louis area, is moving west to feed on the plants in Missouri home landscapes, University of Missouri scientists said.

“It now occurs in the Columbia area but it’s previously been established in the Kansas City and Springfield areas,” said MU horticulturist Chris Starbuck. “These aren’t raging infestations like

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