The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Monday ordered an emerald ash borer quarantine for Hennepin, Ramsey, Winona and Houston counties. That means any material that could contain the pest, such as firewood, is considered a "regulated article" and cannot be moved outside the quarantined area.
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Minnesota made it through most of the summer without a new infestation of the emerald ash borer. But that's ended now that the pest has turned up in trees at the Fort Snelling Golf Club. The Agriculture Department will check nearby Dakota County to see if it should be added to the list of four counties where firewood is quarantined because of the bug.
State officials to release stingless wasps in St. Paul to combat ash borer
Agriculture officials hope the insects -- a natural enemy of the ash borer -- will help combat a newly discovered infestation of the pest near the city's historic Summit Avenue.
MDA enlisting dogs to detect emerald ash borer
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is hoping trained detection dogs will help locate ash trees infested with the invasive beetles. The organization Working Dogs for Conservation claims to have found encouraging results in training dogs to find emerald ash borers.
Officials: Be on alert for companies claiming to sell ash borer treatments
The city is warning residents to be on alert for companies going door-to-door that claim they have products that will stop or prevent emerald ash borer infestations.
Dead female bugs used to lure lusty male ash borers
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture hopes a sticky new tool will help in its fight against the emerald ash borer. STUC (Sticky Traps Using Cadavers) is designed to lure male ash borer beetles into a sticky trap as they look for a mate.
State tries new ways to fight Emerald Ash Borers
Minnesota officials are entering their fourth year of battling Emerald Ash Borer in a desperate attempt to save the state's nearly 1 billion ash trees. The Pioneer Press reports on some not-so-traditional methods employed by the department of agriculture to stop the exotic beetle. One interesting method involves gluing several dead Emerald Ash Borers to a leaf and leaving them by the Mississipi River in hopes that a male will come by to mate and get stuck.
Stingless wasps to be released in Winona County to fight ash borers
The wasps will be released in Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona County, where a recent borer infestation was reported. The state has released the wasps on four separate occasions since the pest was first discovered in 2009.
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