The Missouri Department of Conservation reports the presence of Emerald Ash Borer in 16 new counties in Missouri, including several in our area. Officials indicate that the borer has been detected in Boone, Cooper, Howard, Linn, Montgomery, Putnam, and Randolph counties this year. Since the borer was first detected in Missouri in July 2008, this tree-killing pest has spread to a total of 75 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks all species of ash trees, including Missouri’s native green ash and white ash. Conservation officials says the Emerald Ash Borer will likely be found statewide within the next few years, prompting them to urge Missourians with ash trees in their yard to make a plan now to either remove those trees or treat them with an insecticide. Ash trees that are removed should be disposed of locally to prevent the accidental spread to new locations. It can emerge from ash firewood and logs for up to two years after harvest.

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