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Program for homeowners on emerald ash borer

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

University of Illinois Extension will host an informative emerald ash borer homeowner management workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. May 30 at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. Extension educators will explain the history, life cycle and control options for emerald ash borer. There will be time for participants to ask questions.

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. Ash trees can be infested with EAB for a few years before the tree begins to demonstrate any signs of EAB infestation.

Currently, 41 Illinois counties are under quarantine to prevent the “man-made” spread of the beetle. The quarantine prohibits the intrastate movement of potentially contaminated wood products, including ash trees, limbs and branches, and all types of firewood.

The fee for the EAB program is $5. For more information or to register, call the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

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