Wildlife officials to set traps to gauge emerald ash borer infes

Wildlife officials to set traps to gauge emerald ash borer infestation

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Federal and state officials trying to determine how much damage an invasive insect is causing in our area.

Over the next three weeks, the state will put out purple three-sided insect traps to monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer.

The non-native, wood-boring beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North American and in recent years has been making its way into our area.

The bug has been found in nearly every county in East Tennessee.

As a result, federal quarantines have been put in place that prevent firewood from being transferred out of these counties.

State officials say they hope to learn whether their containment efforts are working and whether they need to do more to stop the beetle from spreading.

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