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Emerald Ash Borer found in Keokuk County

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KEOKUK COUNTY (KWWL) - The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in Hedrick, IA in Keokuk County, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests in North America.

An Iowa EAB team member identified evidence of recent woodpecker activity, and a branch was removed from the tree and a suspect larva was collected.

Nineteen Iowa counties have now confirmed EAB infestations. The statewide quarantine issued last February remains in place, and restricts the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states.

The next window for preventative treatment measures will open in the early spring. According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture, landowners interested in protecting a valuable and healthy ash tree within 15 miles of a known infestation should use the winter months to have landscape and tree companies bid on work.
 
Please contact Iowa EAB team members to have suspicious-looking trees checked in counties not currently known to be infested.
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