Protecting your property from emerald ash borer - – Rockford’s News Leader

Protecting your property from emerald ash borer


A tiny bug can cause big devastation with ash trees. And experts warn Winnebago homeowners they could be at risk.

The emerald ash borer is already in Winnebago and Ogle counties. Its larvae can kill an ash tree in a matter of a few years. The dead tree then poses a threat to people's safety.

Experts from the University of Illinois extension office say if you have an ash tree, prepare to either tear it down or treat it with chemicals.

"If there's a confirmed emerald ash borer within 15 miles of you that's when you can start treating. before that it's probably not quite worth it because the pest isn't probably there yet," Candice Miller, U of I Extension Educator.

If you choose to treat your tree, once won't be enough. You'll have to do it several times throughout the life of the tree. The extension office recommends tearing it down once the pest has arrived in your area.


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