Destructive Green Beetle Invades Burlington
The emerald ash borer has been found in DES MOINES COUNTY.
State Ag Department entomologist, Robin Pruisner, confirmed the find yesterday during a conference call with reporters. The insect that destroys ash trees, was first found in Iowa three-years ago in extreme northeast Iowa on Allamakee County’s Henderson Island in the Mississippi River. The latest beetle is believed to have come from in infestation in neighboring Illinois. Pruisner says the state will now institute a quarantine to try and slow the movement of the beetle. She says they will look at the situation and determine if the quarantine will extend to neighboring counties.
Officials said when the insect was first discovered in Iowa that is was not a matter of if the infestation would spread, but when. Prusiner says that is why she was not surprised that another county has now been infected.
There is no real way to kill off the bugs once they infect a tree. Many cities are cutting down their ash trees as a preventative measure to keep the beetle from spreading. Officials estimate Iowa has 52-million rural ash trees and another three-point-one-million in urban areas.