The Lindgren trap has a pouch containing a fungus called Beauveria bassiana. When ash borers enter the trap, they come into contact with the fungus, which enters their abdominal cavity and kills them approximately five days later.
Where does the fungus come from ?
Beauveria bassiana occurs naturally in the soil. It has also been found on another species of beetle in the Eastern Townships. Based on a number of laboratory tests, it has been shown to be effective in controlling emerald ash borer.
Does the fungus pose a threat to bees ?
No. Beauveria bassiana is not harmful to bees. Bees may even carry spores of the fungus and help control other pests.
Is the fungus dangerous for pets ?
No. Beauveria bassiana is not harmful to pets. Your pet would not be affected if it inadvertently ingested the fungus because its body temperature is higher. Your pet would just excrete the fungus naturally.
Is it dangerous to pick up a pouch that has fallen to the ground ?
No. Beauveria bassiana only affects insects. Studies have shown that the fungus in the pouch is not harmful to humans. However, if you see a trap on the ground, please do not pick it up. Call us immediately to report it.
What is the purpose of the experiment ?
We are conducting this experiment to develop a new biological emerald ash borer control strategy. Based on this experiment, we hope to register and market our product to protect ash trees on a larger scale.
Could the fungus be used to control other pests ?
Yes. Beauveria bassiana–based products are used to control invasive species in greenhouses for agricultural and horticultural production.
Where can I get a trap ?
For the time being, traps are only available to commercial pest control companies. If you believe you have emerald ash borer on your property, we recommend contacting your local government to report it.
Should the fungus treatment be used every year ?
Yes. The effectiveness of insect control treatments may vary, so they should be repeated annually. This will help control the emerald ash borer population and provide the best possible protection for ash trees.
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