Two larvae collected by a homeowner from a residential tree in Story City have been positively identified as emerald ash borer (EAB) by a federal identifier. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state.
The City of Story City has inventoried the street trees in the community and, working with the Story City Tree Board, will continue to monitor, assess, and address ash trees. Story City will have information available for private property owners at www.cityofstorycity.org after September 1.
"The Story City infestation is the ninth confirmed infestation in Iowa during 2014 and we will continue to monitor EAB closely,” said state entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Iowans are reminded to not move firewood as that is the quickest way to start an infestation in a new location. 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.
More information is available about EAB and other pests threatening Iowa’s tree population at www.IowaTreePests.com.