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Mountain Pine Beetle Flight Has Begun





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012
Media Contact: Brian Garbisch, (605) 394-2395

 
Mountain Pine Beetle Flight Has Begun

 

PIERRE, S.D. -- The annual flight of the mountain pine beetle has begun in the Black Hills, according to Ray Sowers, state forester for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

 

“Once the beetles begin to fly, there is little to do regarding control,” Sowers said. “The time to spray trees has passed since sprays are only designed to protect trees from becoming attacked.  Once a tree is attacked, it’s too late.” 

 

The state Department of Agriculture also suggests people not cut newly infested trees until after the flight is over, usually in mid-September.

 

“Once the beetles have decided to attack a tree, it is better just to leave it and have it soak up the beetles,” Sowers said.  “If you remove the tree, the beetles will just attack another one nearby.” 

 

While landowners may make note of which trees are being attacked on their property, the work of marking and treatment will begin after the flight, not during the flight.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 South Dakotans.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow.  Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov  or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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