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Transporting firewood carries dangers, educators say

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you're thinking about getting some firewood for the winter, beware, because there could be a pest hiding in the bark.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle that burrows into ash trees, causing them to starve and eventually die.

Cutting a tree into firewood doesn't kill the beetle and people can unknowingly transport them hundreds of miles.

The best approach is to not move firewood from your property, and if you buy it, know where you're getting it.

"It is a problem. It is going to head this way. It's over in Bloomington County at this point. And so it is really not a if it's going to get here, but a when it's going to get here," Horticulture Educator Kari Houle said.

Before spring, be sure to burn your remaining supply of firewood to eliminate the chance of spreading any beetle larvae.

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