INVASIVE PEST: Emerald Ash Borer In Burlington

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Emerald ash borer.

Iowa environmental officials say an invasive and destructive beetle has been found in a second Iowa county.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture, the Iowa DNR, and the Iowa State University Extension say the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in a residential tree in Burlington in Des Moines County. The beetle kills ash trees when its larvae burrows under the bark and eats the actively growing layers of the trees.

A quarantine for Des Moines County will be issued shortly and will prohibit hardwood firewood, ash logs, and wood chips from being moved out of the county without a permit.

Experts say the larvae can be unknowingly spread by the transport of firewood across county and state lines and caution Iowans against doing so.

The first known instance of the Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa was discovered in 2010 on Henderson Island in the Mississippi River in Allamakee County.