Spreading the Emerald Ash Borer

Sep 1, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. All over the country, scientists check for the presence of the invasive and deadly Emerald Ash Borer by placing purple traps in trees. These devices are baited with sex pheromones that entice male beetles to enter the traps from which they can’t escape. The half-inch or so long beetles are not great flyers, they don’t move very quickly by themselves, but have spread quickly to 30 states, mostly in the Eastern half of the country, with the addition of Colorado. The incredibly rapid spread of this naturally slow moving insect is primarily due to people taking firewood with them when they camp. Although areas with documented Emerald Ash Borer populations are under quarantine for ash product movement, and campsites boldly post warnings about firewood transport, people who supposedly love nature  seem to love a fat wallet more.