The emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle from Asia that has the potential to decimate our ash tree population in Minnesota. Read through the following links to learn more about this pest and what you can do.
This set of questions will help you identify the possibility of an infestation; please consider them carefully!
How do I know what it looks like?
- Native Ash Borers (PDF)
- Don’t be Fooled by Look-Alikes! (PDF)
- Emerald Ash Borer Information for homeowners
- Whats in that woodpile- University of Minnesota Firewood ID (.pdf)
What are communities doing about it?
Here are some photos of municipalities that are using declining ash trees as “trap” trees. If there are beetles, they’ll be attracted to trap trees, where they’ll be discovered. By doing this, communities can be more on the alert and take immediate actions.
Think you’ve got EAB? Here’s what to do:
Forest Pest First Detector volunteers have been trained in EAB identification, signs and symptoms, look-a-like insects, and even other species of concern including gypsy moth, Asian long horned beetle, Sirex woodwasp, and thousand cankers on walnut.
If you think you have found emerald ash borer, go through the steps at Do I have emerald ash borer? (246 K PDF) to be sure. Those without internet access can call Forest Resources Extension at 612-624-3020.