"The the primary means of EAB spread is when firewood and other wood products are moved from infested areas to new areas," said Cole.
The boxes are hollow, three-sided, corrugated plastic and are covered with a very sticky substance that includes manuka oil, which is attractive to the EAB. The boxes were checked in mid-July, according to Cole, and so far the beetles have not been found on the Adirondacks boxes. Statewide, about 7,500 of the purple boxes have been placed to monitor the presence or absence of the beetle.
In 2008 NYS adopted regulations that ban untreated firewood from entering the state and also restricts the movement of untreated firewood within the state to no more than a radius of 50 miles from its source. The regulations were placed as precaution against the spread of the EAB critter, and remain a very important tool in the effort to prevent, or at least slow, the invasion of the beetle.
"Hopefully, people will check out the Web site to learn about the risk and understand the firewood regulations," said Cole.