Wether you’re driving around Litchfield County, or downstate along the shoreline, you may have noticed some purple boxes hanging up in the trees. No, it’s not a sign of an alien invasion and no, we’re all not being tracked via some GPS system, these boxes actually mean a lot more than you think. According to a tag that is found on the rope around the tree of which it is found, it is actually a sticky trap that the United States Department of Agriculture officials and cooperators are using to identify where an invasive pest called the Emerald Ash Borer are located. The Emerald Ash Borer is, also according to the tag, a metallic green colored, wood boring beetle that is lethal to all North American Ash Trees. The traps will be removed in September. While it is no guarantee that they may be about in Connecticut, they were first discovered back in Michigan during the summer of 2002. Since then, it has killed nearly hundreds of millions of ash trees in Michigan alone, along with other North American states such as Illinois, New York, and Virginia. While it is uncertain how they came about here in the states, there is suspicion that it may have come from Asia from wood packing material.
So, there you have it. Those purple boxes mean more than you think, and their not about some alien invasion or someone who got their kite stuck in a tree, which is exactly what it looks like!