EAB now found in all but one county in Iowa

The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed to be in Palo Alto County, which leaves just Emmet County as the only county in Iowa to not have the ash tree-killing insect detected.

EAB is a non-native, wood-boring insect threatening all species of ash trees. The adult EAB beetle is about one-half inch long and metallic green.  The larval stage of this insect tunnels through the wood beneath the bark of ash trees, cutting off the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.

The cumulative damage typically kills a tree within 2-4 years after becoming infested.

EAB was unknown to North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002.  In 2010, EAB was first discovered in Iowa in Allamakee County.  

The USDA confirmed the presence of the EAB in Palo Alto County.

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