Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability
- Killed tens of millions of ash trees in southeastern Michigan alone, with tens of millions more lost in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Quebec, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Kentucky) and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
- Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars.
- Been positively identified in Linn County at the IDOT rest area along I-380, approximately 1/2 mile north of the Johnson County line. The site is within the Cedar Rapids city limits.
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Confirmed in Cedar Rapids
- City of Cedar Rapids FAQ - Emerald Ash Borer
- Tree Removal and Treatment Options for Homeowners
Find more information at:
Emerald Ash Borer Website:
Department of Natural Resources:
Iowa State University Extension Service:
Download a Brochure on Treatment Options:
Emerald Ash Borer Brochure