Forestry Service sets up trap trees to catch invasive insect

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FILE - Trap tree
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:52 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Forest Service will set up trap trees in 19 different recreational areas in Kansas to trap emerald ash borers.

The Kansas Forest Service says it has teamed up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to monitor the possible spread of emerald ash borers in Kansas. The Service will establish trap trees in 19 recreational sites throughout the state to attract any emerald ash borers.

According to KFS, a trap tree is a tree that has intentionally been wounded through girdling to stress it and attract any EABs that may be in the area. These trees should not be disturbed.

KFS said EAB is an invasive insect that causes dieback and eventual death in ash trees by boring tunnels under the bark and is known to be in 10 counties in northeast Kansas. It said the devastating effects of the insect can already be seen in several communities where ash was planted as the dominant tree species.

According to the Service, monitoring for EAB in public-use areas it will better understand and limit the spread of the insects. Park managers will also be better equipped to plan and prepare for the possible need for the removal and replacement of ash trees as it anticipates the spread of EAB throughout Kansas.

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