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March 11, 2014 |  By: Pinney/INS

Statewide Quarantine to Slow Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

With winter starting to lessen its grip on the region and more people venturing outside, a reminder that all 99 counties are now under restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer. The quarantine was issued by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and prohibits taking wood and ash-tree products out of state according to entomologist Robin Pruisner. 

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The destructive emerald ash borer has been discovered in eight Iowa counties thus far, and Pruisner says it’s likely that more infestations will be found before the trees even leaf out this spring.
While the quarantine prohibits the transportation out of state, Pruisner says they’re urging Iowans to keep it even more local, especially when it comes to firewood. 
 

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For homeowners wondering whether their ash trees may be in danger, there are signs that may indicate an infestation. They include emergence holes shaped like the letter D and S-shaped tunnels under the bark.