Exotic pest emerald ash borer comes to Iowa

Last Updated: June 2, 2016
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In Louisa County authorities and environmentalists noted the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB). This beetle spoils trees and ruining them, this pest was positively identified in a tree in a rural part of the Louisa County. Actually, authorities have identified the pest in 32 counties in Iowa: emerald ash borer continues to come and propagate. A dangerous situation is complicated by the fact that this type of beetle is detrimental to tree health, says the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

North America is experiencing the invasion of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), which has already spread in Iowa. According to local Department of Agriculture, 32 counties have reported the pest infestation. Already in the 26 states beetle resulted in the death of tens of millions of trees. The most suffering from this exotic beet are ashes trees, US entomologists say.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture noted that EAB dispersal is very limited by natural movement, but when people are unknowingly transporting EAB around in things like firewood, you never know where that next detection may be.

Iowa EAB Pos Sites (13)

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