The flying beetle can kill a healthy, decades-old ash tree in a mere three to five years. It lays its eggs on their bark, which the larvae, once hatched, bore into and consume, eventually starving the tree of water and nutrients. Adult borers can fly only relatively short distances between trees, but people spread them widely when transporting firewood.
- An all-out effort to slow a green menace (kansascity.com)
- Emerald Ash Borer Chews Trees in Three More Twin Cities Locations (kstp.com)
- DNR gives $25k to replace trees (lacrossetribune.com)
- Berkshire County, Mass. Subject Of Ash Borer Quarantine (connecticut.cbslocal.com)