HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) — Connecticut is bracing for a possible invasion of the emerald ash borer, an insect that in numbers, quickly invades Ash trees and kills them.

Dr. Lewis Magnarelli, director of the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, says the Asian insects are lurking just 30 miles from the northwestern border of Connecticut in Socrates, New York.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports: Millions Of Ash Trees At Risk

He says traps are being set up to catch the insects and alert Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection officials of a possible invasion.

“The emerald ash borer goes into the trap and then we know we have an infestation and if it’s an early enough infestation, something might be able to be done in terms of cutting the trees,” Magnarelli explained.

He estimates Connecticut has 22 million Ash trees and there’s no effective means of killing the bugs.

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