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New insect found, Officials say to burn or bag evergreen decorations

New insect found, Officials say to burn or bag evergreen decorations

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) - Inspectors found invasive insects on evergreen decorations sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, officials are recommending to burn wreaths and other evergreen decorations, or bag them and put them in the trash.

The insect is called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and boughs, and in arrangements of evergreen boughs in hanging baskets, porch pots, mugs, and sleighs. EHS saps nutrients as it feeds on the underside of conifer needles, and threatens Wisconsin’s Christmas tree farms, native hemlock and balsam fir forests, and ornamental conifers in yards and parks.

"It’s fine to keep your decorations up for the holiday season, but when it’s time to dispose of them, don’t put them on the compost pile or set the greens out for brush collection. Burn them if you can. If you can’t do that, bag them and send them to the landfill," advised Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. "EHS has survived in the northeastern U.S., so winter weather will not kill it. As a result, if you compost this material, the insects may well attack conifers in your yard or neighborhood, and spread from there."

More information can be found here.

 

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