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Emerald Ash Borer found in Linn County will bring down some trees

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This is a map of all the EAB infestation sites in the state. The circles show a 15 mile radius around each site. This is a map of all the EAB infestation sites in the state. The circles show a 15 mile radius around each site.
LINN COUNTY (KWWL) -

Emerald Ash Borer was found at a rest area on I-380 northbound in Linn County.

The rest area is just a half mile from the Johnson County border.

There are now 29 Iowa counties considered infested.

The Emerald Ash Borer, or "EAB" are described to us as a small metallic green beetle.

Although small in size, EAB can do a large amount of damage.

"We are at the northbound rest area but the southbound rest area also has ash trees, all of the ash trees will eventually be taken out," said Cathy Cutler, Transportation Planner with the Iowa DOT.

We are told those who live within 15 miles of an infestation site, need to take action as well.

"If they want to keep them they need to be looking into treatment, if they, you know don't care and they'll just remove them as they die, then they just need to be aware and watch them and before they become hazardous, take them out," said Todd Fagen, Cedar Rapids City Arborist.

Although Ash Borer's can only fly a half mile a year, they usually travel by humans, often times through fire wood.

"They advise people to be cautious especially when bringing wood or other lumber in the area especially to your home if you would have ash trees," said Cutler.

The state of Iowa is quarantined right now, so local fire wood should not be an issue.

On the contrary, firewood or other tree parts brought from the state to a state that is not quarantined, could spread the Ash Borer's around.

We are told treatment of a tree with Ash Borer involves chemicals that have to be applied by a certified applicator every couple of years.

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