Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect on a destructive path, poses a grave threat to ash trees. Its rapid spread and devastating impact have been felt across the United States and Canada since 2002, resulting in the loss of millions of ash trees. In May 2014, the incursion of EAB was detected in Mercer County, New Jersey, marking a recent and alarming development.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the environmental impact of EAB, along with other invasive pests, is comparable to that of global warming. This alarming revelation highlights the urgency of addressing this issue.

EAB commonly spreads through firewood sourced from infected ash trees. This means that even unwittingly transporting infested firewood can contribute to the further dissemination of this destructive insect. The challenge lies in identifying infested wood, as the EAB larvae feed beneath the protective bark, making early detection and containment difficult.

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer and its impact, visit: Wikipedia Link: Emerald Ash Borer. By increasing awareness and taking appropriate measures, we can help protect our ash trees and mitigate the environmental consequences of this invasive pest.