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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Why Purple Emerald Ash Borer Traps?

NYSDEC Sign under Purple Emerald Ash Borer Trap on
 Ash Tree off Taconic Lake Rd. and Taconic Lake Dr. in Town of Grafton
Several folks have asked for more information on what the purple Emerald Ash Borer traps are used for. They enable scientists to map and analyze the spread of these beetles who have destroyed millions of ash trees. The trap uses Manuka oil as an attractant specifically designed to lure the Emerald Ash Borer beetles to it.  There is little hope for eradicating these pests but biocontrol and biosurveillance techniques can be effective in slowing down and controlling -- to some extent -- their spreading elsewhere.

Click here  and here and also view the video below for even more information.

Emerald Ash Borer Traps Explained

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Emerald Ash Borer Purple Trap

This Emerald Ash Borer purple trap just showed up on an ash tree at the corner of Taconic Lake Drive and Taconic Lake Road in Grafton.

The Maine Forest Service has an informative webpage Purple Traps and the Emerald Ash Borers.