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How to prevent "bad" bugs

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Its hard to know the difference between "good" bugs and "bad" bugs.

A class was held in Wausau Wednesday to help teach people about those bad bugs that attack plants and gardens. Some of the most common invasive species are the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer. Experts say it's important to treat your plants to prevent those bugs, because once they infest, they are difficult to get rid of.

"What happens is a lot of these bad bugs are recent arrivals to the United States, and they've arrived as hitchhikers in maybe packing materials or other things without the good bugs that attack them," said Paul Whitaker, University of Wisconsin Marathon County associate professor of biological sciences. "And so in some cases, there are no good bugs in the area right now to attack them."

The emerald ash borer is not currently in Marathon County. Experts say Wausau is cutting down ash trees in an attempt to keep the bug from invading.

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