|USDA hang up beetle monitoring traps in Big Woods. Courtesy Rod Walton Photo: Courtesy Rod Walton.|
Field workers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture arrived at Fermilab recently to install one of four beetle monitoring traps. The USDA has used Fermilab as a trap site for the past three years. The traps allow researchers to keep track of population numbers and migration patterns for wood-boring and bark eating beetles. These types of insects feed on trees but do not destroy them the way emerald ash borer beetles do. Fermilab has hosted separate traps for emerald ash borer monitoring previously. The traps also serve as an early warning signal, alerting USDA researchers when a new species of beetle moves into the area.