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Iowa Invaded by Pesky Emerald Ash Borer

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Authorities have confirmed that Iowa now has to deal with an invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer bug. Spotted in the town of Creston, the Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian beetle that attacks ash trees. It is considered one of North America’s most destructive tree pests.

About one third to half of the ash trees that the beetle infests will die. The Emerald Ash Borer kills trees by drilling into the bark and destroying the tissues that conduct water to the tree.

The best way to tell if the Emerald Ash Borer is attacking your trees is to look for D-shaped bore holes in the tree. Ash trees will also get sickly, and leaves may begin to turn before the fall.

If you think the beetle is attacking your trees, your best course of action is to call a professional arborist. Arborists can nurse affected trees back to health, and they know what insecticides to use to kill the Emerald Ash Borer. An arborist can also safely remove dead or infected trees.

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