AGRIBUSINESS: Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Eight Counties

Posted on: 5:50 am, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 04:05am, February 20, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer or EAB has been positively identified in two more counties in Iowa.

Bremer and Wapello Counties have officially confirmed an EAB presence, bringing Iowa’s total up to eight infested counties.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture released a statewide quarantine on firewood earlier this month.  Most of the EAB infestations in the United States are started by people transporting infested wood however the adult beetle can fly from two to five miles.

The EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.  Millions of ash trees across the country have already died as a result of EAB infestation.