Ohio Department of Agriculture officials announced in 2005, the discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive exotic insect from Asia, in the city. Additional infestations have since been identified.
The pest was first discovered in Ohio in 2003. Ash trees infested with EAB typically die within three to five years. The pest belongs to a group of insects known as metallic wood-boring beetles. Adults are dark metallic green in color, one half inch in length and one-eighth inch wide, and fly only in early May until September. Larvae spend the rest of the year beneath the bark of ash trees, and when they emerge as adults, leave D-shaped exit holes in the bark about one-eighth inch wide.
For more information on Emerald Ash Borer, go to www.ohioagriculture.gov/eab, or call 1-888-OHIO-EAB.