Halfway down the trail at Fiery Gizzard Cove in the Grundy Forest State Natural Area, a patch of paint on the side of a nearly 100-foot-tall, mature hemlock indicates that state scientists have injected it with the pesticide Imidacloprid.
The pesticide will travel through the trees’ circulatory system and kill any of the aphids attempting to feed.
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The tiny insect, a type of aphid introduced into the East Coast of the United States from Asia in 1951, has been moving slowly westward from parts of the Great Smoky and Appalachian mountains that are closer to the coast.
A similar infestation began along the West Coast in 1924.