The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer in Beloit on Wednesday, April 24.
An infested tree was found on LaSalle Streets and identified by Beloit's forestry crew during a scheduled removal of the tree.
Rock County is under quarantine due to the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB). Materials regulated under the quarantine include all hardwood firewood; ash products like timber, pallets, mulch, and trimmings; and ash nursery stock. A variety of certificates or exemptions not available to the general public can be applied for by businesses dealing with those products.
The EAB's larvae kills host trees by tunneling through soft wood just under the bark. Large, healthy trees can be destroyed by the beetle within three to five years.
Any Beloit residents concerned about their ash trees should call a professional arborist, tree care specialist, or the Department of Public Works at 608-364-2929. Treatments can be found at local garden centers and hardware stores.
For more information on the EAB, visit www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
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