Emerald Ash Borer Discovered In Elko New Market

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation has been found in the City of Elko New Market. City staff reported an ash tree with bark cracks and woodpecker damage in the tree canopy, a tell-tale sign of possible EAB infestation, to the MDA for confirmation.

Due to this discovery the City of Elko New Market encourages residents to look for signs of EAB. There are several things residents should look for when checking for emerald ash borer.

• Be sure you’ve identified an ash tree. This is an important first step since EAB only feeds on ash trees. Ash have opposite branching – meaning branches come off the trunk directly across from each other. On older trees, the bark is in a tight, diamond-shaped pattern. Younger trees have a relatively smooth bark.

• Look for woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers like EAB larvae and woodpecker holes may indicate the presence of EAB.

• Check for bark cracks. EAB larvae tunneling under the bark can cause the bark to split open, revealing the larval (S-shaped) tunnels underneath.

• Contact a professional. If you feel your ash tree may be infested with EAB, contact a tree care professional, or leave an email for the MDA at arrest.the.pest@state. mn.us or leave a voicemail at 888-545-6684.

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