ASH BORER: DM Homeowners Told They Have Two Options

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The emerald ash borer is on its way to Des Moines but it isn’t too late to stop it.

During a Thursday meeting, Des Moines Public Works officials told homeowners there are two options – treatment or removal.

They say that decision should be made by a certified arborist.

If you have an ash tree that is old or damaged it is probably best to cut it down now and replant later.

If your trees are healthy there is a chemical treatment that officials say is safe and effective.

“No chemical can come out, insects and disease can’t get back in. It doesn’t affect insects or honeybees and we feel it’s the safest method of treatment,” city arborist David Jahn said.

The ash borer is traveling west and has recently been found in Jasper County.