The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in the northwest corner of the City of Inver Grove Heights.
The City is investigating the EAB infestation and encourages residents to look for signs of EAB. This is the perfect time to look for woodpecker damage and other signs of emerald ash borer because the trees are still bare. There are several things residents should look for when checking for emerald ash borer:
Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by this invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation.
The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three easy steps residents can take to keep EAB from spreading:
For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.