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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A UGA researcher in Tifton developed a new method to trap beetles that are destructive to pecan trees.

Entomologist Jim Dutcher created a panel trap that uses the scent of a female beetle to lure male prionous root borers in and kill them.

The idea is to reduce the population to keep them from infesting pecan orchards. "They can cause considerable amount of damage to the roots. They'll cause these big gauge-like wounds on the roots, and they'll even cut off some of the lateral roots that are keeping the tree grounded," Dr. Dutcher said.

He has been experimenting with and perfecting the traps since 2009 and says, in one week, a trap can collect more than 200 beetles.

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