Emerald Ash Borer detection program continues with purple panel traps

Photo of Adult Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (Photo courtesy of: H. Russel,Michigan State University)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are continuing emerald ash borer detection efforts in the state with a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

Throughout the remainder of the summer, USDA-APHIS and Department of Natural Resources personnel will continue hanging purple panel traps in trees across Indiana. These traps, lined with glue and baited with manuka oil, resemble small box kites. They attract emerald ash borer adults from pre-existing infestations and allow professionals to get a better idea of where the invasive insect is located in the state.

Due to high winds, some traps have fallen and still may fall from trees. If a downed trap is found, residents should call 1-866-NO EXOTIC, where they’ll be directed to local survey experts.

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