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Emerald Ash Borer found within interior Cedar Rapids

The emerald ash borer has been found in the inner core of Cedar Rapids.

An invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been found in the inner core of Cedar Rapids.

While Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was positively identified at the IDOT rest area along I-380 almost two years ago, the insect had not been seen within the interior core of Cedar Rapids. Recently, a tree with signs of EAB damage was found. The city has removed the tree and sent it to the Department of Agriculture for confirmation, but are acting as if the sighting has been confirmed.

The EAB is an exotic beetle whose larvae embeds and destroys the inner bark of ash trees. The city has been proactive to protect more than 10,000 trees in the city. The city's parks and recreation department has removed more than 2,000 trees to reduce the impact of the disease and are inspecting areas with high concentrations of ash trees.The city has also diversified the species of the trees planted, making sure a canopy will still exist if ash trees are lost.

Residents are responsible for ash trees on private property. Signs of an infested tree may include dead branches near the top of a tree, leafy shoots sprouting from the trunk, bark splits exposing larval galleries, extensive woodpecker activity, and D-shaped exit holes.

For more info on the EAB, click here.

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