Entomologists from the U.S. Forest Service recently released a report that instructs on how to prevent and eradicate the emerald ash borer, a common pest in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. The beetle is known for destroying native species of North American ash trees.
The report catalogues expanding information and technology that have contributed to control efforts and slowing the spread of the beetle. Many aspects of EAB biology and control are examined, including basic EAB behavior, reactions to pesticides, detecting the larvae in logs and trees and using traps for detecting adult beetles.
When preventative quarantine measures fail, common treatments includes cutting, chopping and burning the infested wood to rid the tree of the emerald ash borer.
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