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.

Are you worried about this buggy invasion? Sound off in our comments section below.

  1. Mike Bradbury - Ft.Wayne,IN says:

    You BETTER be worried.
    Doesn’t seem like a big deal now, just like it didn’t to US 5 years ago.
    Now almost all the ash trees are gone in the midwest.
    Millions of them.
    They’ll cut them down even if not infected to try to stop the spread of the insects. (not possible)
    If you’ve got ash trees, start planning what to replace them with.

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