Minnesota enlisting sniffer dogs in battle to prevent spread of emerald ash borer
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Minnesota is enlisting dogs in the battle to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture hopes trained sniffer dogs can become a new line of defence against the invasive pests, which threaten ash trees across the state and across the country.
Weather permitting, officials plan to demonstrate the dogs’ capabilities at the Ramsey County compost site in Arden Hills on Tuesday.
The beetles were first detected in Minnesota in St. Paul in 2009. Four counties are under emerald ash borer quarantines: Houston, Winona, Hennepin and Ramsey.