The emerald ash borer is a bug that is native to Asia. Its first sighting in America was in June 2002 in Canton Michigan. It came to America in shipping containers from Asia that were accidentally contaminated with the bug. The bug infested Michigan. Then Michigan accidentally sent contaminated trees to Virginia. The bug worked its way up to New York killing a lot of ash trees.
The emerald ash borer bug gets inside ash trees and lays eggs. Then the larva eat the cambium and phloem (which are things the tree needs to distribute nutrients) and that kills the tree within two years.
The emerald ash borer kills many ash trees and continues to spread. The threat is that the bug will kill all the ash trees in the United States and effect the echo system.
There are many ways to protect your ash trees from the emerald ash borer. You can have professionals come and infuse a chemical into the tree that protects it. Also you can buy a chemical that hooks to your hose and you spray around the tree. The roots suck up the chemical and the tree is protected.
You cannot see that your tree has the emerald ash borer because the bug goes inside the tree and starts to kill it .But there are signs that your tree has the bug. One sign is tiny D shaped holes in the bark of the tree. Another sign is the tree will grow stems on the base of the trunk.
The slogan “Buy it where you burn it" means that when you buy fire wood you should burn it there. If you move the wood to other places there is a risk of spreading wood bugs such as the emerald ash borer.
The Emerald ash borer was first sited in America in 2002. The bug was first sited in the Monroe County area in late October, 2011.
The people involved in the event would be any home, business or place that has ash trees.
The issue connects with the United States because its happening in the United States. The issue has not effected Spencerport yet, but with the bug found in Monroe county it could spread to the ash trees in Spencerport.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/hungrypests/US _PestTracker.swf Go to the above site, hover over emerald ash bore to see where in the US, the bugs has effected.
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