Emerald Ash Borer Closer to Muskingum County

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An insect, as big as a paperclip, is expanding across the state of Ohio.

Muskingum County Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, says five counties have been added to the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine.

It still has yet to reach Muskingum County, but Mechling says Licking and Fairfield counties had reports of the Emerald Ash Borer last year.

“It continues from basically northwest Ohio and Toledo, and just kind of marching through the state of Ohio, ” says Mechling.

Mechling says while the insect is heading our way, he’s not sure how quickly it will progress.

He says moving firewood is causing this insect to spread.

“People cut down an Ash tree for firewood, and then they go camping in another part of the state. As they transport that firewood, they move the Emerald Ash Borer, ” says Mechling.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a shiny green bug in its adult stage, but is most dangerous in its larva stage, when it feeds on Ash trees.

Mechling says the insect destroys the tree’s ability to move water up and down the trunk, causing the tree to die.

He says Ash trees are only threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer.