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The fight against the emerald ash borer in the Midwest is nearing its 10th anniversary. Scientists and tree experts have tried many ways to stop the infestation. But it has spread from Southern Michigan throughout Ohio, threatening the state’s 4 billion ash trees. WOSU has an update on the fight and possible signs of hope.
A wood-boring beetle that can kill ash trees and has been found throughout Ohio now has been confirmed in two more eastern Ohio counties.
Ohio and Michigan researchers have received a $1.4 million federal grant to continue their efforts to save ash trees from a tree-killing beetle found in much of the Midwest and parts of Canada.
Within a couple of weeks, as many as 29 Ash Trees in Schiller Park will be treated with insecticide. The treatment is part of an effort to spare the trees from the invasive insect the Emerald Ash Borer. The bug was first detected about a decade ago in lower Michigan and has already killed millions of Ash trees in Ohio and 14 other states.
State agriculture officials have a new way to try to stop a tree-killing insect. They will begin hanging more than 7,000 traps this spring to catch the Emerald Ash Borer. The Asian insect has damaged or killed an estimated 25 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
There may be a ‘silver bullet’ that will bring the Emerald Ash Borer under control. Scientists are wondering if another Chinese import might finally mean EAB as met its match.
Scientists believe the Emerald Ash Borer entered the U.S. from China almost ten years ago. It’s been killing ash trees in the Great Lakes region ever since. The city of Ann Arbor, Mich., known for its thickly wooded neighborhoods, has lost most of its ash trees which made up about 15 percent of the city’s urban forest. Ohio officials wonder if the same thing could happen in Columbus.
In less than ten years the Emerald Ash Borer has taken a devastating toll on the ash trees in the state of Michigan. And it’s spreading. It’s now been found in 31 Ohio counties. Without a significant breakthrough in fighting the tree killing insect, the impact here could be devastating. Two central Ohio cities, Columbus and Grandview Heights, have similar plans to deal with the invader
Now that federal funds have run out, the State of Ohio has halted destroying ash trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and has confined efforts to locating infestations and studying the trees’ decline. About a quarter of Ohio counties are under quarantine because of the insect. But some Ohioans are fighting back with insecticides to try to save their trees.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has widened a quarantine of ash trees in an effort to halt the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer