JOHNSTON SOLICITOR: City Warns Against Fake Tree Treatments

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The city of Johnston is reporting an unusual solicitor working in the city.

The city said it received reports of a person going door-to-door trying to sell a service that would treat ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer.  The city is cautioning residents about the solicitor because he does not have a solicitation permit for Johnston and he cannot provide a company name.

Johnston Parks Director John Schmitz said Johnston isn’t treating or injecting ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer because its impact on the environment is unknown. Schmitz suggested removing any vulnerable or deteriorating ash trees and replacing them with healthy trees from a different species.

Johnston has begun removing ash trees that are vulnerable to Emerald Ash Borer.  The tree disease started in Asia and has been devastating trees throughout the U.S.

Emerald Ash Borer has not been found in Johnston, according to a city report.  It has, however, been identified in a residential tree in Creston.  The tree in Creston is the fifth tree in Iowa with the invasive beetle found inside, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Twenty-five eastern Iowa counties are under quarantine as a result of the widespread Emerald Ash Borer problem.