Emerald Ash Borer

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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees since it arrived in the United States in 2002. The small, metallic-green beetle was first discovered in Iowa in 2010 and now has made its way to Lee County.

Jim LaBonte, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Black walnut trees can grow to 75 feet tall, yet they are at risk from an insect about the size of a pencil tip.

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Galesburg is urging residents to take a proactive approach now that the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in the city.

Larry Cox, Director of Public Works, said property owners should determine whether they have any ash trees. If they do, the trees should be checked for signs of the destructive pest.

Typically, branches at the top of an infected tree will die off first and more will die in the following years. The bugs are smaller than a penny and attach to the top of trees so it’s easier to spot signs of the Emerald Ash Borer than it is to see the insect itself.

photo from US Forest Service

Macomb aldermen agreed to take steps designed to prevent an unwanted guest from making itself at home in the community.

The city will not allow campers to bring firewood in to Spring Lake Park unless it in shrink-wrapped bundles and certified by the USDA to be free of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Firewood that is not USDA certified would be confiscated and immediately burned.

City Forester Tim Howe said the EAB lays its eggs in firewood, and campers then help the destructive insect get around.