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Arborists taking preventative measures against Emerald Ash Borer

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URSA, Ill. (WGEM) - If you have an ash tree in your yard, time may be running out to keep it alive, as the emerald ash borer continues to spread across the country.

The emerald ash borer is a beetle that feeds on, and ultimately kills, ash trees. The bug is most destructive in its larval stage when it burrows into the bark of ash trees, causing them to starve and eventually die.

Crews with Brumbaugh Tree Service were out treating 30 ash trees around Ursa Park Wednesday afternoon. They pushed rubber plugs around the base of the tree, where they later injected a chemical as a preventative measure against the insect.

"One could get on a car, or somebody could move some firewood that they're not supposed to, and they could actually bring it to our area quicker," Larry Brumbaugh said.

Brumbaugh says the closest confirmed case of the insect has been in Galesburg, and it's just a matter of time before the beetle makes its way into the Tri-States.

"It's not here yet, that I can tell, but it's on the way," Brumbaugh said. "It's better to be prepared ahead of time than to wait till they're already here. Once they actually get here, they're already going to be in your trees and they're already going to be doing damage."

If the bugs come into the area, Brumbaugh says you're going to have treat your tree every year in order fight back against the bug.
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