This Beetle is a Traffic Stopper

Emerald Ash Borer has eaten its way through Detroit and is now chewing on other metropolitan areas. EAB is rapidly transported by human activity such as moving infested firewood and nursery stock. Efforts at preventing or slowing the spread have proved futile. In areas such as Grand Rapids Michigan, tourists may notice the numerous dead ash trees along the side of the roads and think little of it. After all, 90 percent of the trees (that are not ash) are alive with plenty of foliage. The change in landscape is more subtle than drastic.

However, Emerald Ash Borer has caused drivers in Cincinnati, Ohio to take notice. A road was scheduled to close for 2 days this week so dead and dying ash trees could be removed. Affected drivers can’t help but notice.

The EAB can interfere with human activity and exact large economic costs. Dead and dying trees must be removed or constitute a safety hazard. Dead trees often fall during windy or stormy conditions and can damage property or injure people or their companion animals.

Has Emearald Ash Borer visited your town? If not, it will.

Head of Emerald Ash Borer
“I’ll Get Your Ash!”

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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