Emerald ash borer expected to begin infesting central Iowa


Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture; Flickr
Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture; Flickr
Nick Fetty | May 27, 2014

The pesky and invasive emerald ash borer is moving west across the state and could become problematic for parts of central Iowa, according to a recent article in the Des Moines Register.

The infestation of this Asian beetle began in Michigan in 2002 and has now migrated as far west as Newton, Iowa which is about 30 miles east of Des Moines. The emerald ash borer was first sighted in Iowa in 2010 and has since spread to at least nine Iowa counties including Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cedar, Des Moines, Jasper, Jefferson, Union, and Wapello. State and federal officials worked together to draft a readiness plan and as of February 2014 the entire state was placed under quarantine to prevent further infestation into neighbouring states. The bug – which fully grown measures about one inch in length – “poses a 100 percent threat of death to ash trees if not properly confronted. “

An informational meeting to discuss ways in which to combat this invasive species will take place at the Ankeny fire department headquarters (120 N.W. Ash Drive) in Ankeny at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

More information about the emerald ash borer is also available through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as well as Iowa State University.

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