U of I Extension to Offer Emerald Ash Borer Education Update

ROCKFORD -- University of Illinois Extension will host an informative emerald ash borer (EAB) homeowner management workshop on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at North Suburban Library located at 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park. U of I Extension educators will explain the history, life cycle, and control options for emerald ash borer, as well as the management choices available for selectively saving your ash tree. There will be time for participants to ask questions.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. Ash trees can be infested with EAB for a few years before the tree begins to demonstrate any signs of EAB infestation.

Currently, 41 Illinois counties are under quarantine to prevent the “man-made” spread of the beetle. The quarantine prohibits the intrastate movement of potentially-contaminated wood products, including ash trees, limbs and branches, and all types of firewood. Currently Ogle, DeKalb, Boone and Winnebago counties are within the quarantine zone with the threat of adjacent counties being confirmed at any point.

The fee for the EAB program is $5. For more information or to register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call the U of I Extension office at 815-986-4357.

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