There may not be any reports of emerald ash borer in Quincy yet, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. In fact, experts say - it's inevitable.
So city officials say it's important for residents to be prepared for the destructive insect. Monday night before the City Council meeting, arborist Jeff Palmer discussed the dangers of the emerald ash borer, as well as possible treatments and disposal of diseased trees.
He says to properly remove one infected tree will cost the city around seven to nine hundred dollars.
Now - consider that Quincy has over one thousand ash trees.
"Cities are struggling with the economy as it is, and revenues not being what they hoped, so preventative planning is going to help that city - planning for the best approach to mitigate those consequences economically and environmentally," said Palmer.
Palmer says emerald ash borer is typically spread by larvae in firewood.
The Chicago area, as well as Bloomington-Normal, have already lost hundreds of trees to the insect.
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