The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 6, 2012

Pest found among Valley ash trees

SELINSGROVE — An invasive species of worm that has spread rapidly across America since its initial discovery in Michigan a decade ago, has turned up in Snyder County.

The Emerald Ash Borer can kill an adult ash tree within three years of the pest’s assault on the tree.

The pest was discovered on Selinsgrove Center property in addition to five other counties across the Commonwealth. With these new finds, the ash tree-killing pest has been discovered in 28 counties.

As part of a national survey, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Emerald Ash Borer crews began hanging more than 750 triangular purple traps from ash trees in Pennsylvania in May. The traps are designed to attract flying adult beetles to detect the spread of the pest.

Agriculture officials have said the spread of the pest could threaten the state’s $25 billion a year hardwood industry. In addition, the pest could carry added public costs if municipalities are forced to spend money to remove ash trees from along sidewalks and parks.

For more details, see Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Item.

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