A survey conducted over the past seven months of the 13 southwest Indiana counties in which emerald ash borer had not been previously detected showed no signs of the invasive insect that kills ash trees.
As part of the survey, traps were strategically located in five southwestern counties—Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.
“The 82 purple traps placed on the designed grid did not capture any of the beetles,” said Phil Marshall, state entomologist.
Visual surveys were also conducted by DNR experts during spring and summer in the eight other southwestern Indiana counties (Crawford, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike and Sullivan). No new EAB infestations were detected.