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Emerald Ash Borer Found In Johnson County

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A federal identifier says an adult Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa City. Although, according to a news release, ash trees near where the destructive beetle was discovered don’t appear to be harmed.

State entomologist Robin Pruisner called such a scenario “fairly unusual,” but said such a discovery shows the threat of the beetle is “very real,” in the release.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a green beetle not native to the area. It is considered an invasive species, which is highly destructive to ash trees. It is often blamed for the death of such trees.

State officials have compiled an Emerald Ash Borer Team to handle cases in Iowa. The team will now “Prepare, diagnose and respond to the threat posed by EAB” in Johnson County.

The beetle has been confirmed in nearly a dozen other Iowa counties, including Cedar, Blackhawk, Jefferson and Bremer in Eastern Iowa.

“The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations. Most EAB infestations in the United States have been started by people unknowingly transporting infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. Besides being transported by vehicle, the adult beetle can also fly short distances of approximately two to five miles,” the release states.

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