DNR preparing to release stingless wasps to curb Emerald Ash Borer


by Matt Doyle

Milwaukee -- The DNR will release thousands of stingless wasps from May through July to help stop the tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer.

"These wasps are a tool to help manage Emerald Ash Borer," Bill McNee from the Wisconsin DNR said.  "They are not going to solve the problem. They are not a magic bullet."

The Emerald Ash Borer attacks ash trees and can kill a tree within two to four years. These wasps will help contain it.  There's no danger to humans or animals with this release.

"They do not sting or bite people or animals," McNee said.  "They spend their lives in the forest.  People are not going to notice that these wasps are present but they will be quietly doing their work."

The DNR advises people to check their own ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer.


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