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Troops Needed for War on Invasive Insects

June 17th, 2015

Troops Needed for War on Invasive Insects

While this bright green beetle won’t actually bore anyone to death, the holes it makes in the ash tree are killing it by the millions.  And the range of the destructive Emerald Ash Borer.  It began in Michigan, near Detroit, in 2003, and in the subsequent decade the ash borer has eaten up huge amounts of territory – and ash trees – to show up as far east as New Jersey.

But citizens of New Jersey are poised to become the next front line in the war against this pest – all due to the combined efforts of government officials and educators.  Most sightings of insects are the result of individuals who report them to the authorities, so New Jersey state officials are working with the U.S.D.A and zookeepers to educate the public.

In Cape May, a zoo display is catching the eye of children and adults alike.  Paintings representing both the ash borer and another invasive insect, the Asian longhorned beetle, adorn the zoo on brightly colored murals.  These clever displays include a garden-like scene with holes cut in the fencing so children can poke their heads in and become part of the scene.

Above the display, officials have strategically placed numbers to call if any of the threatening bugs are spotted.  While the children made faces from behind the mural’s walls, the adults are busy taking photos

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