The Emerald Ash Borer is moving closer to the metro.
The invasive beetle was found in a residential tree in Newton late last week.
The Emerald Ash Borer kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture says this should serve as a wake-up call to landowners and communities in Iowa that there is no time to waste in preparing for this destructive beetle.
Now is the time to determine how many ash trees you have, what condition they`re in, and what you intend to do with them.
The beetle has already been confirmed in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cedar, Des Moines, Jefferson, Union, and Wapello counties.