The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect pest from Asia. The flattened, creamy white larval stage feeds below the bark and cuts off the living, water and nutrient conducting vessels causing tree death. Adults are small elongated oval beetles that are metallic green in color. This insect first colonizes the top of ash trees, then moves down the tree.
EAB has been positively identified in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests in North America. While no one can accurately predict when the insect will arrive in Clive, it has been detected in several counties in Iowa. The City, working in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and other regulatory agencies, will address efforts and further develop this EAB plan as additional information becomes available.
If you suspect EAB, contact one of the following:
- Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic: (515) 294-0581
- Iowa State University Extension Entomology: (515) 294-1101
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR): (515) 281-5918
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS): (515) 725-1470
- City of Clive Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan
- Ash Tree Identification and Signs and Symptoms of EAB
- EAB Management Options
Helpful Links to Information on EAB:
- EAB Website: www.emeraldashborer.info
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources: www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/ForestHealth/EmeraldAshBorer.aspx
- Iowa Department of Agriculture: www.IowaTreePests.com
- ISU Extension: www.extension.iastate.edu/pme/EmeraldAshBorer.html
- Maps and State EAB Information: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/map.cfm#sthash.czGB1tGw.dpbs
- Metro Waste Authority: www.WhereItShouldGo.com/trees
- North Central IPM Center Bulletin, 2nd Edition: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer
Video About EAB:
Emerald Ash Borer Seminar:
Green and Sustainable Clive along with Trees Forever will be holding a seminar at Clive City Hall on Monday, May 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The seminar is geared toward residents who have trees affected on their property. Come learn about ways to protect your trees, tips and treatment options, and a professional treatment demonstration. Click here for the seminar flyer.