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Emerald Ash Borer
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Plan For Your Ash Tree's Future

The dreaded Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continues to cause havoc across Illinois, and beyond. As I drive around Peoria and Tazewell counties, I see dead and dying ash trees everywhere. Although it looks like the insect is killing the trees quickly, it is likely that the borer has been there for a few years. Of the four counties that I cover as a Horticulture Educator with University of Illi...

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Emerald Ash Borer update from Phil Nixon

Home, Yard, & Garden Newsletter  Issue 3 , May 15, 2017 Emerald ash borer adults are emerging in southern and central Illinois and will probably do so in northern Illinois in about two weeks. They will continue to emerge over several weeks. Now is the time to apply systemic insecticides to control this pest if emerald ash...

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Emerald Ash Borer Open House a Success

University of Illinois Extension and several other organizations answered questions about the emerald ash borer at a recent Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) event. Homeowners, tree care professionals, municipality officials, and more attended an EAB open house on Monday, August 10 at Grandview Park in Peoria where an infested tree was recently discovered. Although Peoria Park officials h...

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Emerald Ash Borer News Coverage

Below is news from yesterday's Emerald Ash Borer Open House event in Peoria. Peoria Journal Star http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150810/NEWS/150819941 Channel 31 news http://www.centralillinoisproud...

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Important Points and Resources on Emerald Ash Borer

Important Points! EAB was detected in Peoria and Tazewell counties in 2014. Once a county is added to the quarantine list additional sightings don't need to be reported. IL Dept of Ag would be flooded with these calls. The important find is the first one - after that assume all ash trees within that county need some type of attention. Due to...

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Does my tree have Emerald Ash Borer?

The dreaded Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continues to cause havoc across Central Illinois. All four of the counties that I cover as a Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension are included in the quarantine area, which includes Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. Quarantine guidelines state that we cannot transport any ash tree firewood or untreated ash wood products outside...

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Emerald Ash Borer Open House be Held in Peoria

Homeowners, tree care professionals and municipality officials are invited to an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) open house event in Peoria to learn more about this destructive pest. The EAB Open House Event will take place on Monday, August 10 at Grandview Park in Peoria where an infested tree was recently discovered. During the event you will see an infested tree and learn more about the pest. The o...

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Emerald Ash Borer Community Assessment Tools

With the recent confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer in a Peoria park, I am again reminded of the importance of having a plan for how to handle ash trees when the borer hits. This website includes a link to a tree cost assessment calculator from Purdue that looks very useful. http://www.emeraldashborer.info/communityplan...

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NEW Emerald Ash Borer website

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has become a problem almost throughout the state. Each year, more and more counties are finding the insect on traps or in trees. This website was developed to help homeowners first ID their tree to make sure it truly is an ash, followed by EAB identification, and then control options. http://w...

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Program Helps Communities Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

Recent discoveries of Emerald Ash Borer in Peoria and Tazewell counties underscore the need for communities to be proactive against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). University of Illinois Extension held an Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Planning Workshop on October 2 nd in East Peoria. The program was attended by local officials, municipalities, park districts, arborists, and other...

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Don't Move Firewood

The emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to move across Illinois, devastating ash trees in its path. It was most recently found in Peoria and Tazewell counties. Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, says that the an effective way to stop EAB is to not move firewood. "While enjoying campfires and wiener roasts this fall, take a moment to be sure the firewood you use...

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Community Preparedness Planning Workshop

October 2, 2014 (1:00 PM ) Festival Building 2200 E. Washington St East Peoria, IL 61611 (Tazewell County) Date: October 2 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Participants: local officials, municipalities, park districts, arborists, and others impacted by recent EAB findings Location: Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington...

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Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Options Updated

The following publications contain the most current treatment options for Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer Factsheet by Extension Entomologist Dr. Phillip Nixon Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Tree...

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Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Peoria and Tazewell Counties

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties. On July 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. In Peoria County, arborists discovered the beetle first near Dunlap and then subsequently in Peoria. In Tazewell, IDOA staff made the find in Minier using surveillance trap...

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Does my tree have Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties. On July 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. In Peoria County, arborists discovered the beetle first near Dunlap and then subsequently in Peoria. In Tazewell, IDOA staff made the find in Minier using surveillance trap...

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Emerald Ash Borer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions and Answers. Question . Should I do a preventative treatment on my ash tree, even though it doesn't have the pest yet? Answer . University of Illinois Extension recommends doing a preventative treatment for Emerald Ash Borer only when the beetle has been confirmed within 15 miles of your ash tree. Consult the latest quaranti...

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Don't Move Firewood

The emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to move across Illinois, devastating ash trees in its path. Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, says that the most effective way to stop EAB is to not move firewood. "While enjoying campfires and wiener roasts this fall, take a moment to be sure the firewood you use is pest free." Martha Smith, Uni...

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