DES MOINES – Two adult beetles collected from a trap in a residential tree in Boone were confirmed by a federal identifier last week as emerald ash borers (EAB). The trap was placed in the tree this summer after suspect galleries were found in an ash tree branch that fell during a storm.
Boone County is the twelfth Iowa county where emerald ash borers have been found.
The City of Boone Parks Department has taken several steps in preparation for the arrival of the EAB, including inventorying all of the street trees in the community and assessing the condition of trees in the right-of-way. The city council has money identified to remove street trees and to purchase specialized equipment to chip large diameter trees.
Boone officials have information available to help property owners address the potential of ash tree infestation at boonegov.com/eab.
A statewide quarantine 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 was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in place.