The Emerald Ash Borer beetles are making a pest of themselves and have now been discovered in Cattaraugus County in southwestern New York. This is the first time the pest has been detected in New York and is causing concern among environmentalists and homeowners alike.
The ash borer has devastated an estimated 70 million trees including green, white, blue and black ash species in Michigan and a dozen other states.
The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has set out five-thousand traps to halt the invasion and determine the extent of the infestation in New York. They are purple colored which helps attract the insect. The traps are often visible from the road or hiking areas.
Ray Levato is on the hunt for the Emerald Ash Borer near Scottsville and will have an interview with state forester Mark Gooding.
New York State has an estimated 900,000,000 ash trees.