The traps are purple in color, sticky to the touch and will hang in
trees. They are intended to help officials find this cunningly
deceptive creature in its adult life stage. The traps will be
deployed this May and early June and will remain through Labor Day.
Realizing that these traps may be an eyesore to some, Illinois
Department of Agriculture officials are asking for the public's
cooperation in ensuring that these traps are left alone to "do their
thing." This announcement is to make the general public aware of
emerald ash borer and the purple trap. In order for these traps to
work, they must be left alone. It's important for the public to be
aware of their purpose and help keep them in place.
For more information about emerald ash borer and the purple
Department of Agriculture
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]