July 15, 2010
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is using a new insect trap to detect and monitor the emerald ash borer (EAB) spread.

The program is part of the effort to slow the spread of the insect. In addition to visual inspections, green insect traps baited with a lure will part of this year’s EAB survey across Canada. The surveys target trees surrounding areas where the EAB has been detected. In addition, in areas where EAB has not been found, surveys are also being conducted at sawmills and other facilities that handle or transport wood, as they are considered at high risk for the introduction of the pest.

As the camping season begins, the CFIA reminds Canadians that moving firewood can spread the EAB or other forest pests to new areas, as the insects can hitchhike on firewood. It is best to always buy firewood locally and to burn it on-site.