EAB discovered in Whiteside County
SPRINGFIELD — A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County, the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced today it has received confirmation that a beetle collected on the county fairgrounds in Morrison is an emerald ash borer (EAB). An alert forestry technician with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spotted a distressed ash tree on the property and notified IDOA staff, who found a dead adult beetle in its bark. The beetle was submitted to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which confirmed it as EAB.
"We have monitoring traps throughout Whiteside and its neighboring counties," EAB program manager Scott Schirmer said. "Thus far, the infestation appears highly localized. In fact, we have not even been able to confirm EAB in any other ash trees on the property."
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