“Just what we didn't need. Maybe it's the beginning of the worst-case scenario we've been counting on, where attacks can be six times larger than last year's record summer. This is worrying, ”says Gunnar Isacsson, an environmentalist and expert of the Swedish Forestry Agency on Insect Pests in a press release.
Traps are exposed in forests at 18 sites and the first catches were made in southern and central countries. According to the Swedish Forestry Agency, more than 1,000 spruce bark cutters have been found in several places. In Småland Nässjö, the spruce bark was ten times larger – nearly 10,000 were reported.