Prevention, early treatment recommended to combat emerald ash borer locally

Last summer, the emerald ash borer – a highly destructive beetle that kills ash trees – was confirmed in Butler County, making it the 51st county in the state where this invasive pest has been confirmed.

Now, with the active season for emerald ash borer (EAB) approaching sooner than we know, experts are recommending early and preventative treatment to help slow the spread of the pest throughout the area.

The EAB, in the larval stage, feeds on the tree below the bark and cuts off the water and nutrient conducting vessels causing tree death.

Many homeowners may not realize their tree is infested in the earlier stages, and once thoroughly infested, trees usually die within two to four years.

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