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News : Cliff Sadof releases wasps in Fort Wayne to combat Emerald Ash Borer

Cliff Sadof releases wasps in Fort Wayne to combat Emerald Ash Borer
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The Purdue Entomology Department released wasps in Fort Wayne Friday afternoon to fight the Emerald Ash Borer problem in the area.

The tiny wasps are fully grown adults and don’t have stingers, so they are incapable of stinging anyone.

Cliff Sadof, a professor in the Department of Entomology, released 1000 wasps as part of an experimental project at Franke Park.

Millions of wasps are being released all across the country as part of the federally funded program to fight the growing number of Emerald Ash Borers.

The wasps will not have any immediate impact, but scientists hope that the trees will act as incubators to build up the wasp population so that once the trees are killed the new trees will have a better chance of surviving.

Sadof doesn’t expect to see any signs of progress for at least five years and said they won’t know if the project was successful for ten years.