Traps placed to catch moths

From staff reports

About 16,000 traps to capture gypsy moths are being placed throughout the state to determine whether the destructive insect is here and, if so, where.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture places the traps, which are shaped like a small pup tent, in a grid pattern in the state. With these, the department hopes to quickly find any infestations of the nation's most devastating tree pest and stop them before they get big. The moths were brought the United States in the 1860s to try to breed a hardier silk worm. Instead, they got out and can defoliate or kill trees ranging from aspen to conifers.

The public is asked to not touch traps or put out their own traps.

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