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Quincy city officials have informational meeting on Emerald Ash Borer


Quincy city officials held another presentation Tuesday on the Emerald Ash Borer, a bug about the size of a grain of rice that's killing ash trees across the tri-states.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia. Its' larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.

Agriculture officials at the meeting say the bugs have killed nearly 20 million Ash trees in Illinois, and says the chances of the bug making it's way to Adams County are very high.

"It's indiscriminate, it finds its way to any ash tree, it's typically human transported as well, via vehicles or firewood transport wood products transport, so there is a pretty good chance that it will end up in Adams county sooner or later," said Scott Schirmer, Illinois Department of Agriculture Plant/Pesticide Specialist.

Nearly 40 percent of the entire state of Illinois, is under a quarantine, and the state just added Knox and Henry counties in Illinois to the list.


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