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Emerald Ash Borer in Country Club Hills

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Illinois Department of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer in Country Club Hills, according to a news release issued by the city.

Six trees near Interstate 80 on the north side of Country Club Hills were inspected, and a positive field confirmation was determined. Ash trees in poor condition on city property will be removed. Other trees in the city are being inspected.

The emerald ash borer is a slender, bright green beetle that destroys ash trees. It takes many years before the tree shows signs of being infested after the beetle deposits eggs on the surface or cracks in ash tree bark. The eggs hatch to release larvae that feed on the tree; as they grow, they slowly kill the tree.

The city has nearly 1,200 ash trees planted on rights-of-way and public properties, approximately 32 percent of the city's trees, city spokeswoman Wanda Comein said.

Because of a Michigan infestation in 2002, the city has not planted green ash trees and has implemented a tree planting plan to include a wide diversity of tree species. The city also started an ash reduction program to further control the spread of the pest, according to Comein.



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