The City of Johnston recently transplanted some Ash Trees, and State Entomologist Robin Preusner says we all need to help prevent and control the movement of the exotic Emerald Ash Borer.
Pruesner says the Emerald Ash Borer has two primary ways of moving from county to county. One is on their own wing power, the other is by man. She says, "Man has a certain love of taking firewood. If there are larvae in it, they can emerge the following year and infest that area."
Pruesner says right now there three known infestations in Iowa. They are in Des Moines, Jefferson and Allamakee Counties.
Pruesner says municipalities need to do inventory on how many Ash Trees they may have, and diversify if needed.