Emerald Ash Borer Makes Its Way to the Northland

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The destructive species Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Superior, WI, the first such infestation in the Northland.

Experts say this devastating insect can cause millions of dollars of damage to trees and forests. Officials in Superior surveyed about 3,000 ash trees in the city and are worried that trees that have been hit by the insects will start dying within one to three years.

Emerald Ash Borer harms ash trees because the larva feeds under the bark of trees, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients. The adult beetle is a dark metallic green and about one-half inch long.

There is a national effort to limit the spread and impact of Emerald Ash Borer. Infested areas are quarantined, which means that selected materials such as firewood, ash nursery stock and ash logs may not be moved out of the infested area.

To learn more about the pest and what you can do to stop it from spreading, head to the Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Information Source.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns