Issue 3, May 7, 2010

Purple EAB Traps are Back

Illinois Department of Agriculture personnel, USDA personnel, and others have been installing the large purple emerald ash borer traps over the last few weeks. These triangular traps are placed in ash trees and are about two feet long by one foot wide. They are covered on the outside with sticky material to catch and hold emerald ash borer adults. There is a lure in the trap, but no insecticide. The presence of the trap is not an indication that emerald ash borer is in the area, only that they are looking for it. A large section of the state is being trapped, so they are very numerous. The traps will be removed in a few weeks.

--Phil Nixon

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