Tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer detected in Decatur

May 10, 2012

By Jewell Washington

(Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer, a tree-killing beetle, has been found in the city of Decatur and it is thought to be spreading.

Scott Schirmer, the Illinois Department of Agriculture EAB program manager, tracks the beetle that started attacking Illinois’ ash trees in 2006. He called it a major problem and noted that it could be hiding inside trees in Chicagoland.

“These trees haven’t been treated. There hadn’t been the time…the resources or even the research for it, but it’s mostly a matter of time,” Schirmer said.

Schirmer said the Emerald Ash Borer is hard to detect and can be transferred through firewood and wooden crates.

He also the beetle tends to be on the move as the weather gets warmer.