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Emerald ash borer in Palo Alto County; Emmet County only county without pest

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) — Emerald ash borer has been detected in Palo Alto County, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The pest was detected in samples that were collected from an ash tree at the Basswood Recreation Area near Emmetsburg.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive wood-boring insect known for killing ash trees. Emerald ash borer can kill an ash tree within two years, the USDA said.

Emerald ash borer was first detected in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002 and was first detected in Iowa in 2010. The pest was first detected in Allamakee County and has since spread to every county in Iowa except Emmet County.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a guide for ash tree owners on how to treat their trees for the pest. If you don’t want to treat the trees, it’s recommended to remove them and replace them with a different species.

If you suspect your property has emerald ash borer, it’s recommended that you report it to an official. You can report them by calling 515-725-1470. 515-294.1101. or 515-725-8200. Anyone who detects emerald ash borer in Emmet County is strongly urged to report it.

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