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Friday, July 18, 2008
On Tuesday, July 16, 2008 The Village of South Elgin received confirmation from the Illinois Department of Agriculture that the beetle was found in South Elgin. The small, metallic green beetle was discovered during an inspection on Friday, July 11, 2008 in the 800 block of James Street in South Elgin by Assistant Superintendent, Kevin Summers who is a licensed arborist. Several trees within the Village limits show signs of Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The Village plans to remove these trees according to USDA disposal protocol.
While the emerald ash borer does not pose any direct risk to public health, it does threaten the tree population. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. Since the emerald ash borer was first confirmed in the Midwest in the summer of 2002, it has killed more than 20 million ash trees.
Homeowners should prepare for the possible arrival of Emeral Ash Borer within their own backyards. To be prepared, keep informed on the location of local Emerald Ash Borer infestations and periodically examine trees. If signs of EAB infestation is suspected, homeowners are urged to contact the Public Works Department, the local University of Illinois Extension Office or another local expert. If, after consultation with a local expert, EAB infestation is suspected, you should contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 1-800-641-3934.
It is important to know that EAB is most attracted to unhealthy or stressed trees. Ash trees can be treated with chemicals to temporarily stave off the beetle, but it can be costly, require continual application, and does not guarantee immunity to the pest. Ash tree removal is the best preventative method to EAB and will be necessary should you have an EAB infested tree. Dead or dying trees become a public safety issue and will require removal.
The Village is under quarantine and must follow specific directives. The quarantine prohibits the removal of the following items from regulated areas:
The emerald ash borer in any living stage of development.
Ash trees of any size.
Ash limbs and branches.
Any cut, non-coniferous firewood.
Bark from ash trees and wood chips larger than one inch from ash trees.
Ash logs and lumber with either the bark or the outer one-inch of sapwood, or both, attached.
Any item made from or containing the wood of the ash tree that is capable of spreading the emerald ash borer.
Any other article, product or means of conveyance determined by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to present a risk of spreading the beetle infestation.
Ash products can be moved between Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, but not beyond these quarantined areas. The Village can also continue to give wood chips to residents, as long as they do not leave the quarantine area.
If you think you have Emerald Ash Borer:
Contact the Village of South Elgin Public Works Department at 847-695-2742.
Contact the University of Illinois Extension office in your county. Find a nearby office at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/state/findoffice.html or by calling 217-333-5900.
Contact the Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic at 630-719-2424 or www.mortonarb.org/.
Contact Illinois Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Hotline at 800-641-3934.
Contact the national EAB hotline 866-EAB-4512.
Under the provisions of the State of Illinois' Insect Pest and Plant Disease Act, as well as the Nuisance Declaration issued in July 2006, the state has the authority to order the removal of any tree infested with EAB, regardless of whether it has been previously treated with a pesticide or not. The state has not exercised this authority to date, as all EAB – related tree removals have been done on a voluntary basis.
Village staff will respond to suspected sightings of EAB. It is very important for area residents to be aware and vigilant in inspecting their ash trees. If you suspect an adult or larval form of this insect is present, contact Public Works at 847-695-2742 or email digital photos to the Illinois Department of Agriculture at firstname.lastname@example.org.