Emerald Ash Borer Found in Cedar County, Iowa

A sign on a hiking trail describes the negative effects of emerald ash borer beetles.
Photo by Mo Kaiwen; Flickr

Officials have identified emerald ash borer (EAB) larvae in multiple trees in Cedar County, Iowa. The invasive beetle has been implicated in widespread death of ash trees in the Northeastern U.S.

In recent years, EAB infestations have been identified in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, and Colorado. This is the 4th confirmed EAB infestation in Iowa.

Officials are considering restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs and wood chips. “Preventive measures … are available to protect vigorously healthy and valuable ash trees,” said ISU Extension Entomologist Mark Shour.

Similar quarantines have been used by many states to slow the advance of EAB, but the insect continues to spread. The Cedar County infestation was identified by members of the Iowa EAB Team – a consortium of Iowa State University, Iowa state agencies, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Services.

Read more about the Cedar County infestation here, and about EAB’s general spread here.

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