Minnesota Bringing Out the Dogs to Fight Emerald Ash Borer

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Credit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Bringing Out the Dogs to Fight Emerald Ash Borer

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May 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- In a unique partnership, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Working Dogs for Conservation are working together to fight off the infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the state.

Four detection dogs are being trained to sniff out EAB to help crews find infested wood and other materials that may be home to the destructive tree pest.

The dogs have been training since mid-April and are already able to sniff out EAB in tree materials in isolated containers. The dogs are currently training to detect the scent of EAB hidden among other scents. The next phase includes taking the dogs out into the woods to track the scent of EAB.

This is the first kind of partnership in the nation where dogs are trained to sniff out these tree pests. Working Dogs for Conservation plans to make EAB detection dogs available for any state to hire once the dogs have finished all phases of training.

Working Dogs for Conservation is a non-profit organization that uses canines to help eradicate harmful invasive species while ensuring rich and rewarding lives for their dogs. To learn more about this organization, log onto Working Dogs for Conservation

Emerald Ash Borer is one of the nation's most destructive tree pests. Its larvae can tunnel into a tree and feeds on the wood’s nutrients, effectively killing the tree. The metallic-green adult beetles are a half-inch long, and are active from May to September. EAB can be spread unknowingly by humans when people move firewood or other ash products that the larvae have housed themselves in. To learn more about emerald ash borer visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Emerald Ash Borer Website.

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