The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will host two open houses about Indiana's emerald ash borer infestation and quarantine at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Community Bldg., LaGrange Co. 4-H Fiargrounds on Thursday, April 27.
"This is a chance for residents of areas in and around the quarantine zone to learn what the state is doing and find out more about the emerald ash borer and some possible chemical controls," said Dr. Robert Waltz, Indiana state entomologist.
"We are using an open house format for an emerald ash borer meeting," said Jodie Ellis, the exotic species education coordinator at Purdue. "This format allows residents to focus on topics that interest them and speak directly to an expert."
There will be stations about the insect, symptoms of EAB, how to report possible EAB sites, the quarantine, compliance agreements, legal issues, woodlot management and tree replacement.
The adult emerald ash borer is slender and a bright, metallic, coppery-green color. It is about one-third of an inch long, making it difficult to spot in tree leaves. The larval, or immature, form of the pest destroys live ash trees by eating the vascular tissue that supplies nutrients to the tree, Ellis said. The tree starves to death three years after the vascular tissue is destroyed.
The beetle has already killed more than 12 million trees ash trees in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio since it was first found in the United States in June 2002