Bark beetle monitoring

The Eurasian spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) can attack and kill huge numbers of healthy spruce trees when the conditions are right. Ips typographus had a large outbreak in Norway in the 1970’s, and since 2016 it has killed millions of spruce trees in southern Sweden and on the European continent.

Photo: NIBIO

Several factors affect the risk of having an Ips typographus outbreak in an area:

  • the number of beetles available to attack trees
  • the occurrence of prolonged droughts weakening tree defenses and making trees more susceptible to attack
  • high temperatures enabling beetles to complete two generations and thus have two attack periods each summer
  • the volume of mature spruce trees vulnerable to attack, and
  • the area’s attack history, e.g. whether it was badly hit during the outbreak in the 1970’s.

On the map “Sonevis varsel” The Norwegian Agriculture Agency warns about the risk of widespread tree mortality due to Ips typographus. Updated warnings are presented four times throughout the season from late May to mid-August. The risk warnings are based on advice from NIBIO. Other maps present underlying factors influencing outbreak risk. You can read more about these maps by clicking on the map images further down the page or on the information symbol ("i") next to each map layer in the forest portal in Kilden.

The first of four risk warnings for 2023 is now available in Kilden (see link below). 

For background information about risk warnings and their geographical distribution, follow the “Risk warning” link below (beneath "Map layers in Kilden").


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Six trap models were compared with respect to their ability to capture European spruce bark beetles and technical details in handling and use. All trap models proved to be efficient and gave high captures of beetles during operation for one summer season (2013). Ranking the trap models in descending order of total capture of beetles gave this list: Lindgren trap, Theysohn, prototype-P, Ecotrap, BEKA, and prototype-K. However, there was much variation in trapping results between localities for all trap models, and the estimated means did in most cases not differ significantly between models. The estimated mean capture of the Lindgren trap was significantly higher than for prototype-K and BEKA, but their confidence intervals were wide and they were close to being insignificantly different. The retail price of the traps vary from about 10 € (Ecotrap) to 50-55 € (Lindgren), while prices are not available for the two prototypes, which are not in regular production. Advantages and disadvantages concerning weight, size, robustness, draining of rain water, ease of handling and mounting are commented on in the discussion, and technical details of the traps are presented in a separate appendix (6).