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In time the deadly EAB will take over Iowa. It has already destroyed Michigan and is heavy active in Chicago, Ill. Now is the time to replant more trees in your yard and get a jump start on the future. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very small but very destructive beetle. Metallic green in color, its slender body measure 1/2-inch long and 1/8-inch wide. The average adult beetle can fit easily on a penny.

Native to China and eastern Asia, the EAB probably arrived in North America hidden in wood packing materials commonly used to ship consumer goods, auto parts and other such products. Although no one can say for certain when the EAB arrived in southeastern Michigan, the scientific community now believes the beetle may have been presented for up to 12 years before it was detected, based on its widespread distribution and destruction. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially identified the EAB in the summer of 2002.

This beetle is responsible for the death or decline in tens of millions of ash trees. At press time (June 2009), EABs have been detected in 13 states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) and part of Canada.





Signs and Symptoms of EAB

It is extremely difficult to determine whether an ash tree is or is not infested with the EAB because tree decline is usually gradual. Early symptoms of an infestation might include dead branches near the top of a tree or wild, leafy shoots growing out from its lower trunk. D-shaped exit holes and bark splits exposing S-shaped tunnels are significant signs of the EAB. Woodpecker activity might also indicate the presence of EABs.

If a tree is infested with the EAB, tree removal is the most effective way to eliminate those exotic pests and prevent the species; further spread. Considering the most current science, USDA's Animal and Planet Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recommends felling infested trees and properly disposing of the wood.

To learn more about the EAB please visit, http://www.aphis.usda.gov













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