Emerald ash borer invades Dubuque

DUBUQUE – Many trees in Dubuque have been welcomed by an unexpected and rather dangerous insect in the past couple of weeks. The Emerald Ash Borer beetle has invaded local ash trees and although they are small, they cause some big damage. This pesky insect invades the bark of the tree and cuts off the tree’s nutrient and water supply.

With an infestation looming overhead, you may want to take preventative measures to protect your trees. Iowa’s Department of Agriculture Mike Kintner provided some insight on this particular topic. “Number one thing would be to first identify you have an ash tree, and then start thinking about what you wanna do. There are preventative…products out there, they’re available at garden centers, box stores…”

One way to know if your tree is in danger is by identifying “D” shaped holes on the bark.

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