Wasps winning war in Minnesota's bug vs. bug ash borer battle

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 11:49 PM

The bug vs. bug strategy to defeat the emerald ash borer might just be working.

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Truth Be ToldDec. 11, 1312:03 PM

Yes, I know the emerald ash bore has a track record of being 100 percent destructive, but this article exposes why the aggressive ash tree removal program of the Minneapolis Park Board and other government agencies is shortsighted. These agencies have been cutting down healthy ash trees far from known infected sites. They have done so with the idea that no solution will ever be found, which is a "the world is flat" mindset of the highest level.

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jtoatoktoeDec. 11, 1312:20 PM

Good to see they can survive our winters.

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jcinbpDec. 11, 1312:45 PM

Is this a good move or just an introduction of another invasive species? Will they find another food source as the ash borer dies off or will they die off with the ash borer? What predator is going to develop a taste for the wasp?

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hugetokerDec. 11, 1312:57 PM

Good luck surviving this winter!

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kssk9749Dec. 11, 13 1:33 PM

This experiment appears to be working until we are overrun by stingless wasps in 20 years and all of the issues associated with them.

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loop80Dec. 11, 13 3:24 PM

Asian beetles were introduced to combat aphids. Instead, in my old house, they crawled through any unseen crack and infested my house. Anyone up for a lesson on Killer Bees and their "benign" origin? How many mistakes do we have to make, by introducing non-native species of plants or animals into our lands? Will we ever learn?

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towle008Dec. 11, 13 4:25 PM

And in other news, populations of humming birds, baby bunnies, puppies, kittens, and koala bears are mysteriously decreasing. Researchers are investigating but initial analysis indicates potential death by stingless wasp bite.

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beautyehDec. 11, 13 4:28 PM

First thing I learned in a Freshman level Fisheries and Wildlife class was introduced species are not the answer to the problem. They create more than they solve.

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luzhishenDec. 11, 13 4:51 PM

Maybe they can introduce mutations into Emerald Ash Borers so they'll like jumping carp and kudzu.

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yathinksoDec. 11, 13 6:24 PM

Oh, I am sure once the emerald ash borer are no longer in existence the stingless wasps will just commit suicide and die off. I mean, isn't that the plan?

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