Trap Trees

Trap trees purposely attract the beetle population into pre-selected downed material so that adjacent standing timber is protected. Conventional trap trees are living, large diameter spruce which are felled to attract spruce beetles. Trap trees felled into the shade and left unbucked and unlimbed may absorb up to ten times the number of beetles a standing tree will absorb. Trap trees must be subsequently removed or treated to kill the trapped beetles.