Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer is in Winnebago County:
Native to Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was unknown in North America until June 2002 when it was discovered as the cause for the decline of many ash trees in southeast Michigan and neighboring Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
It has since been found in many states from the east coast spanning across the midwest and in August 2008, it was discovered that it had taken up residence in Wisconsin. In August 2013, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was positively identified in the Town of Black Wolf, Winnebago County. (http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/eab/article.jsp?topicid=25)
EAB, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), is identified as the causative agent in ash tree mortality and decline. No bigger than a penny, this green menace has wreaked havoc on millions of ash trees in the Midwest and if not controlled it could wipe out the ash tree species in North America. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark or cambium layer which is the crucial layer between the bark and wood of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.
~It attacks only ash trees (Fraxiinus spp.). This DOES NOT include Mountain Ash.
~Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2 inch long.
~Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in Spring.
~Woodpeckers like EAB larvae; heavy woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of infestation.
~Firewood cannot be moved outside of the state and/quarantined areas because of federal/state EAB quarantines (http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/eab/article.jsp?topicid=23).
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