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Officials track beetle that threatens forests


RICHMOND, Va. (WKOW) -- Researchers are using triangular, purple kite-like contraptions to track a deadly beetle that threatens forests nationwide.

Officials have installed the contraptions in 48 states to keep tabs on the emerald ash borer.

The beetle species has been blamed for killing tens of millions of ash trees throughout the United States and Canada.

A 2011 survey shows the beetle has only been found in 15 states, but it's moving into more counties than the previous year.

According to officials, the traps will help determine how the emerald ash borer migrates and also inform the public about the pest.

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