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Know Your Enemy: Emerald Ash Borer

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It can be difficult to tell what creepy crawly bugs are friend or foe in the garden. Today we will be talking about the Emerald Ash Borer.

The natural habitat of the emerald ash borer (scientific name: Agrilus planipennis) is eastern Russia, northern China, Japan, and Korea. It had never been found in North America, until 2002. Most likely the emerald ash borer hitched a ride here by accident in the wood used for stabilizing cargo in ships.

All species of ash in North American is susceptible to this invasive insect. The canopy of infested trees thins due to the borers destruction under the bark. An ash tree can die in as little as 2 years.

The adult emerald ash borer is dark metallic green, 1/8 of an inch wide and approximately 1/2 an inch long. The larva bore threw the bark and feed on the cambium- the nutrient dense wood found right under the bark. although the emerald ash borer can fly about 1/2 mile, most infestations are spread from infested fire wood, young ash trees from nurseries, and logs. if you suspect a infestation Contact your county Extension office or the nearest please contact your department of Agriculture office or your local county extension office. you may also call the USDA emerald ash borer hotline, tollfree, at 1-866-322-4512.

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