First Emerald Ash Borer Infested Tree Detected

By KBJR News 1

First Emerald Ash Borer Infested Tree Detected

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The first emerald ash borer infested tree has been discovered in southeast Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says.

The MDA discovered the infested tree in La Crescent, Minnesota.

In August of 2011, MDA found an adult emerald ash borer on a purple detection trap in La Crescent's Veterans Park, but at that time, there were not any infested trees to be found.

MDA staff worked with the city to continue surveys and recently discovered two EAB infested trees near the center of the city.

Emerald ash borer is a destructive tree pest that kills ash trees by tunneling into the wood and begins feeding on the trees nutrients.

The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood, or other ash products containing the larvae.

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