emerald ash borer

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Kansas is expanding efforts to keep an invasive beetle from spreading throughout the state.

The emerald ash borer hasn’t made it to Sedgwick County yet, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is doing what it can to make sure the pest, which is effective at killing ash trees, doesn’t spread throughout the state. More than 150 traps will be installed in 23 counties, in the hopes of tracking the bug’s migration.

Beth Gains is with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and says residents can play a big role in keeping the bug at bay.

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Federal and state agriculture officials are setting 568 traps across Kansas to detect and prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.

The beetle has killed millions of ash trees since it was first discovered in North America in 2002.

In Kansas, it was found in Wyandotte County in 2012 and Johnson County in 2013.

Kansas is participating in a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey to monitor known infestations and detect unknown beetle populations.

The state plans to set up 80 traps in Barton, Bourbon, Douglas, Ellsworth, Leavenworth, Marion and Osage.