DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – The emerald ash borer has been found in three other counties of Iowa.
The invasive, ash-killing insect from Asia has now been confirmed for the first time in Monona, Osceola and Woodbury counties.
The insect has now been spotted in all but three of Iowa’s 99 counties.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the insect poses a significant threat to ash trees because they feed on the inner bark and disrupt the tree’s ability to carry water and nutrients. This will usually kill a tree within two to four years of infestation.
“While adult beetles can spread locally by flies, the long-distance spread of this insect has been attributed to humans moving infested material, including firewood,” the Iowa DNR said in a news release. “People are encouraged to use firewood from the region where it will be burned to limit the spread of EAB.”
Find more information about the Emerald Ash Auger, including a county identification map, here.
The invasive, ash-killing insect from Asia has now been confirmed for the first time in Monona, Osceola and Woodbury counties. The insect is present in all but three of Iowa’s 99 counties.(KCRG)
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