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Spot the Purple Trap for EAB Awareness Week May 20-26

Posted by Joelle Hayden, APHIS Public Affairs, Riverdale, MD in Animals Plants
May 21, 2012
Look for purple traps like this one during EAB Awareness Week.
Look for purple traps like this one during EAB Awareness Week.

This is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week.  Before the Memorial Day holiday and summer travel season begin, we take this time to remind everyone to be careful not to spread the EAB unintentionally.

EAB is one of many “Hungry Pests” that can cause significant damage to our country’s natural resources.  Since first being identified in 2002, EAB is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 15 states in the Midwest and Northeast.

We use purple traps like the one shown in this photo to help us look for EAB.  Traps are placed in 47 states.  Have you seen any in your neighborhood or travels?  If you see one, join our “Spot the Purple Trap” team.  It’s simple:

  • “Like” the Hungry Pests Facebook page
  • Snap photos of any purple traps you see and post them on Facebook, along with the city/state where you saw them

We also want to ask for your help in keeping EAB from spreading.  Some simple steps you can take:

  • Don’t move firewood. EAB larvae can survive hidden in the bark of firewood. Remember: buy local, burn local.
  • Inspect your trees. If you see any sign or symptom of an EAB infestation, contact your State Plant Health Director or State agriculture agency.

For more information about EAB, visit the Hungry  Pests website.

Category/Topic: Animals Plants