Environmental Care Association of Idaho Monthly Newsletter April 30, 2014 In This Issue President's Corner Department of Agriculture From the Legislature Let's Talk Lawns Pest Control Central President's Corner Well, it's spring and we're all gearing up for another season. As we start, the question is, "what surprises will we encounter?" Every year, it seems we have to battle an outbreak of a new pest, and we're challenged to find a new solution. Recently, it's been the Japanese Beetle and the Elm Seed Bug in this area. Though new pests add time and workload, they improve our skills to solve problems and give us opportunities to communicate with our customers about the services we offer, as well as informing them about our industry. Each time we encounter a new pest, we should begin with the fundamentals in solving that problem. As service professionals, who represent our industry, let's not take the easy approach--"spray first, ask questions later." Let's take our time, investigate and make intelligent decisions on how we treat these problems. Keep an eye out for label changes. Be safe and profitable in the months ahead. Have a great year! Phil Coulson Quick Links ECA Website Advertising Application Directory Events & Education Find a Professional Helpful Links Scholarships Department of Agriculture FAQ About the Japanese Beetle and the Boise Eradication Program 1. How can I identify the beetle? ½ to ¾ inch long. Front of body is shiny metallic green. Wing cases are coppery. Body has 5 white tufts of hair along each side. Feeds out in the open on plant leaves, flowers and fruit. 2. How can I identify the larva?