- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Thousands of traps are being hung on trees across Worcester County this month in an attempt to provide an early warning system for an unwelcome pest.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1GiozuM ) the traps are specifically meant for the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive wood-boring insect that has preyed on trees in the region.

More than 34,000 area trees have been cut down since the bug’s discovery in 2008. About 31,000 trees have been removed in Worcester alone.

The beetle is believed to have arrived from China in shipping crates.

Tawny Virgilio, ground survey supervisor with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, says the U.S. Forest Service provided the funding for some traps.

Virgilio says the traps will be checked every two weeks and will remain until October.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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