Pest Continues to Spread
5:28 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Now in Southeast Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture said an insect that's killed millions of ash trees has been found in a second Iowa location.

The department said in a news release Tuesday that an emerald ash borer was found in a tree in Burlington.

The Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer

The first sighting was made in 2010 in northeast Iowa, on Henderson Island in the Mississippi River.

Emerald ash borers are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have killed more than 50 million ash trees as the infestation moves from state to state.

The borer can spread when infested logs or firewood are moved from one area to another. Nebraska has begun a voluntary firewood restriction to help stem the tree onslaught.

Meanwhile, Iowa is now working to place a quarantine on wood moving out of Des Moines County.