Oelwein, Iowa – Fayette along with Madison counties are the latest to be confirmed with an emerald ash borer infestation — making a total of 45 of the 99 counties now hit. Iowa Department of Agriculture E-A-B coordinator, Mike Kitner, says we could see more counties confirmed this year then we’ve ever seen before.
There were 10 confirmed E-A-B counties in all of 2016. The Fayette County was in a city-owned ash tree in Oelwein, while the Madison County, find was in a rural area south of Winterset.
The woodpeckers are looking for the bugs which can destroy ash trees. Kitner says some of the increase in more confirmed county E-A-B infestations could be due to better recognition by people from all the publicity given the pest.
This green beetle was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. He says this is the time of year when they will get more active.
Kitner says its important for people to be aware and not help transport the pests across the state.
Additional information on the ash borer is available at: www.IowaTreePests.com .