Emerald ash borer (EAB), the invasive green beetle that is a devastating pest of North American ash trees, has been confirmed as being present in Harrison Township in Indiana's Wells County.
Harrison Township encompasses the southern half of the town of Bluffton. An alert citizen, who noticed the bug clinging to the windshield of his vehicle last week, took the captured insect to the Wells County Purdue Extension office, which led to the positive identification.
EAB has been found in 19 Indiana counties including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Floyd, Hamilton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marion, Noble, Porter, Randolph, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley.
The emerald ash borer, first found in Indiana in 2004, is a bright green insect that is visible only during the summer. Infested trees have D-shaped exit holes in the main trunk of the tree. Other signs include vertical splits in the bark and increased woodpecker activity.
"The find in Harrison Township is not unexpected but should serve as a reminder that an informed, concerned citizen is a powerful weapon against this insect," said Jodie Ellis, Purdue University entomology's exotic insect education coordinator. "The earlier we detect EAB, the more we can do to keep it from spreading."
Information on options for dealing with emerald ash borer is available by visiting http://www.entm.purdue.edu/EAB/index.shtml or by calling 1-866-NO EXOTIC.
Ellis is also available for questions by calling (765) 494-0822 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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