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Fighting The Emerald Ash Borer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials are unveiling a new weapon in the fight against an invasive bug that targets ash trees.

On Thursday, they will demonstrate a large triangular trap in a ceremony at the state Department of Environmental Protection. It’s among 940 traps being installed on trees to capture emerald ash borers.

Those invasive beetles have killed ash trees in several states, and some were recently discovered 25 miles from the Connecticut border in Saugerties, N.Y.

Officials from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and DEP say Connecticut has more than 22 million ash trees, and the emerald ash borer could have a devastating effect if it spreads here.

The new traps are about 3 feet high and nicknamed “Barney” traps because they are purple like the children’s dinosaur character.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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