MOUNT PLEASANT – An alert employee with a Mt. Pleasant lawn care company reported finding a suspicious larvae that was confirmed on July 9 as an emerald ash borer (EAB) making Henry County the tenth county to have the invasive pest.
A statewide quarantine was enacted on Feb. 4 restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states. The movement of firewood increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations.
“Finding an emerald ash borer larva in July is proof that there is no ‘safe time’ for moving firewood. No matter the time of year, the risk of EAB being transported in firewood is very real,” said Robin Pruisner, state entomologist of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
To learn more about EAB and other pests that are threatening Iowa’s tree population, visit www.IowaTreePests.com