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Experts to answer questions about emerald ash borer

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Two meetings will be held Tuesday at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in downtown Waterloo to give more information about the emerald ash borer.

The small, green beetle kills all species of ash trees, including green, white, black and blue. Even though the insect is federally-regulated, it's been found in nine Iowa counties. The meetings will help inform attendees about the concern of the borer, and possible solutions to its growing presence in eastern Iowa.

The first meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the SportsPlex, directed toward professionals in the tree service and landscaping business. The public information meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., for homeowners and other concerned citizens.

Attendees will learn how to identify an emerald ash borer, signs of infestation and if a tree is a candidate for treatment, among other skills.

The meetings will be presented by a panel of experts:  Mark Shour Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist; Todd Derifield, Waterloo City Forester; and Mike Kintner EAB Outreach and Regulatory Coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
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