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Emerald Ash Borer: Henry And Knox Counties Under Quarantine

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This may not be the time of year to be thinking about bugs, but the state of Illinois has put two local counties on alert for the Emerald Ash Borer. Henry and Knox counties are now under quarantine because of confirmed infestations. That means no live Ash trees or firewood can be moved from the counties.

The small metallic green beetles burrow into the bark of ash trees, eventually killing them. Since they were first discovered in Michigan in 2002, the insects from Asia have destroyed over 25 million ash trees. In Illinois, infestations have spread to about 40 percent of the state.

The University of Illinois Extension Service plans to offer Emerald Ash Borer management programs in Henry and Knox counties in the spring. For more information on the quarantine and how to identify an infestation, go to the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture website.

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