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Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Waverly

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - State officials confirm Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), one of the most destructive tree pests in North American, has been found in multiple trees in Waverly.

Officials said Wednesday eight counties have confirmed EAB infestations.

According to a press release, EAB was discovered in Waverly after certified arborist hired by the city to do a tree inventory when the arborist discovered larvae in declining ash trees along two city streets. The larvae were found and positively identified by federal identifiers as EAB.

A statewide quarantine remains in effect which restricts the movement of firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states.

Dustin Vande Hoef from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recommends people contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees examined.
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