IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Johnson County.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture says an Iowa City resident discovered and adult ash borer and contacted the Iowa EAB team. The team examined ash trees in the area where the beetle was found but did not find evidence of an infestation.
“The discovery of an adult EAB without bing able to find further evidence of an infestation is fairly unusual, but it does serve as another reminder to homeowners and communities in Iowa that the threat from this destructive beetle is very real,” says Robin Pruisner, State Entomologist.
The larvae of the beetle burrows into ash trees, killing them.
The invasive pest has been confirmed in nine other Iowa counties: Allamakee, Des Moines, Jefferson, Cedar, Union, Black Hawk, Bremer, Wapello, and Jasper.
There is a statewide quarantine on the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips, and ash tree nursery stock from the state into non-quarantined areas of other states.