Emerald Ash Borer Found in Johnson County
IOWA CITY – An adult female emerald ash borer collected by an Iowa City resident has been positively identified as the destructive beetle by a federal identifier on Thursday. A follow-up examination of ash trees growing near the area where the beetle was collected has failed to confirm an infestation.
“It is fairly unusual to discover an adult emerald ash borer without any further evidence of an infestation, but it does serve as another reminder to homeowners and communities that the threat from this destructive beetle is very real,” said state entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
State experts will continue monitoring ash trees in the area looking for signs of emerald ash borers.
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.