Kansas Department of Agriculture setting traps for Emerald Ash Borer

Kansas Department of Agriculture setting traps for Emerald Ash Borer

Destructive beetle has killed millions of North American ash trees since its arrival in the U.S. more than a decade ago

The destructive Emerald Ash Borer has caused the death of millions of ash trees since its arrival in the U.S. a decade ago. So far, it has been found only in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas and those counties are under permanent quarantine.

This year Leavenworth County is under temporary quarantine to try to prevent the spread of the deadly pest.

In addition the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to set 163 Emerald Ash Borer traps across the state to help prevent the spread of EAB and detect unknown populations.

TINY BUT MIGHTY: This shows the size of the Emerald Ash Borer relative to the diameter of a penny. It has killed millions of ash trees since first being discovered in Michigan in 2004.

An invasive insect that attacks and kills species of North American ash trees, EAB typically emerges during June and July. By setting EAB traps across Kansas, KDA is working to eliminate damage to the state’s ash tree population.

EAB greatly impacts the U.S economy making it imperative to be controlled. From the time EAB was first discovered in North America, the economic loss is estimated to be between $20 to $60 billion.

Newly infested trees often have no external symptoms, therefore, the pest can be incredibly challenging to identify. By EAB trapping, new populations of the borer can be identified and managed.

A majority of the EAB traps set by KDA are purple prism traps. This is a three-sided sticky prism designed to attract EAB. Other traps include Lindgren funnel traps coated with Fluon.

The EAB traps pose no harm to humans, pets or wildlife, but they can be messy if touched. It is recommended that no contact is made with the EAB traps.  Kansans are encouraged to report downed traps to the Kansas Department of Agriculture at 785-564-6698.

BORER TRAP: Purple prism traps like this one are being placed in 163 locations in Kansas to attempt to find unknown populations and prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

It is priority of the Kansas Department of Agriculture to protect natural resources, promote public health and safety, protect animal health and provide consumer protection to the best of its ability.

EAB trapping will occur in Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Cherokee, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Graham, Harvey, Jefferson, Labette, Linn, Neosho, Pawnee, Reno, Rooks, Riley, Russell, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman and Trego counties.  Trapping will take place between the months of April and August.

More information and the answers to frequently asked questions can be found online.

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