Insect continues to spread in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reporting that the Emerald Ash Borer has spread to 75 counties and the city of St Louis. Some of the latest counties to show signs of Emeral Ash Borer include Benton and Morgan County. The bug was first detected in Missouri in July 2008, and Entomologist Robbie Doerhoff tells us they have caused some significant damage.

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Doerhoff said the loss of the tree’s will be more noticeable in the city scape where Ash Tree’s are prevalent. EAB is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks all species of ash trees and in its larval stage, the insect kills ash trees by feeding on the vascular tissues just under the bark, slowly cutting off the trees’ flow of water and nutrients.

EAB can emerge from ash firewood and logs for up to two years after harvest, so it’s important not to transport wood from one area to another. The Department of Conservation says always buy firewood near where you plan to burn it!

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