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Purple boxes help catch Emerald Ash Borer

If you live in Southern Indiana you may have spotted mysterious purple boxes in trees. They're devices put up by the Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture Department. Some people poke fun at them, but there is a serious side.

Jordan jackson, still wondering about the boxes says, "I just asked my mom, what it was and she said, I don't know. I heard there's like locust infestation coming around, so I thought it was for that, i'm not sure."

There are nearly 7,000 purple traps around the state of Indiana to detect the Emerald Ash Borer. It's an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the late 1990's.

For some people, it's almost like something out of a bad 1950's b-movie. But, there is a serious side to this. The Emerald Ash Borer has wiped out millions of ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

The traps are lined with something called Manuka Oil and glue, to bait and trap the Ash Borer and to stop infestation before it hits southern Indiana.

As for it's origin, the Emerald Ash Borer, probably came from Asia. In wood packing materials. The traps are purple, because the insects are attracted to that color.

In some state's especially Michigan, quarantines are in place to prevent infested ash firewood, logs and nursery trees from being transported and starting new infestations.

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