Emerald Ash Borer Found In Stearns County

Emerald Ash Borer Found In Stearns County Click to Enlarge Photo: Image by Deedster from Pixabay

(KNSI) - An insect that's devastated tree populations around the country has been found in Stearns County.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in Sauk Centre.

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk.

City workers noticed several trees that showed signs of EAB damage and alerted the MDA.

Department of Agriculture staff examined the trees and collected samples of emerald ash borer larvae for confirmation.

Because this is the first time EAB has been identified in Stearns County, the MDA is enacting an emergency quarantine to limit the movement of firewood and ash material out of the county.

Officials say this will reduce the risk of further spreading the tree-killing insect.

Watch your ash trees for infestation.

If you think your ash tree is infested, go to mda.state.mn.us/eab and use the “Does my tree have Emerald Ash Borer?” guide.

Suspect infestations can be reported to MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us.

The invasive insect was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009 and is now found in 35 states.

A total of 18 Minnesota counties, including Stearns County, are now under a full or partial quarantine to prevent the spread of this highly destructive tree pest.

Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by EAB. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation.

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