Emerald Ash Border Confirmed in Jefferson County, Iowa

By Iowa Department of Agriculture
via WOWT TV-6

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Fairfield in Jefferson County, making this the third location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. Allamakee County was declared infested in May 2010 and Des Moines County in July 2013.

Emerald Ash Borer kills all ash species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
With this new find close to the Des Moines County infestation, State Entomologist Robin Pruisner said the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship , along with the United States Department of Agriculture, will be issuing a multicounty quarantine in southeast Iowa in the near future. This regulatory action restricts movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs and wood chips out of the quarantined counties. KEEP READING >>