Friday, July 31, 2009

Sticky traps, firewood bans key elements of state and local ash borer control efforts; WI : Baraboo News Republic
Emerald ash borer target of county, state efforts
By Christie Taylor / News Republic

Bug traps and firewood bans are under way this summer as state and county agencies work to detect and slow the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer, which has killed millions of ash trees in the Midwest since its discovery in Michigan in 2002.
The tiny green beetle, native to East Asia, was first found in Wisconsin last August near Newburg in the eastern part of the state. Infestation was also detected near Victory, in southwestern Wisconsin, this April.
'In Newburg and Victory ... we’re really not having a problem finding them,' said Jennifer Statz, program manager for the state’s emerald ash borer program. 'They’re there.'

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