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Stay vigilant for presence of emerald ash borer

Posted Jan. 25, 2019

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Emerald ash borer was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Since then, the invasive pest has spread to 33 states, including Texas.

Reports of the presence of the deadly emerald ash borer in Tarrant County have been confirmed. The pest has infested and killed ash trees in the Eagle Mountain Lake area.

Texas A&M Forest Service began investigating in the high-risk area following the discovery of a single specimen last year. Prior to spring adult beetle emergence, the state agency collected larvae from area ash trees. Through positive DNA tests, Texas A&M Forest Service confirmed the larvae to be emerald ash borer.

All species of ash are susceptible to the destructive insect. Infested trees die within two to five years after infestation. Urban tree canopy inventories estimate that ash trees make up about 5 percent of the Dallas-Fort Worth urban forest.

“There is no known stop to this epidemic,” said Texas A&M Forest Service urban forester Courtney Blevins. “But we can help communities minimize loss, diversify their tree species and contribute to the health and resiliency of their urban forests.”

Texas A&M Forest Service has resources available to help affected communities identify signs of emerald ash borer infestation and symptoms that trees may display, as well as make decisions about preventative measures they can take and tree management and removal.

Learn more. To report emerald ash borers, call 866-322-4512.

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