Emerald Ash Borer spreading throughout Kentucky, continuing to move West

The Emerald Ash Borer can now be found in about half of Kentucky and it is continuing to spread Westward.

The adult-stage of the EAB is a green, metallic looking beetle a little less than the size of a quarter. The insect may be small, but its damage can be costly. Once an EAB attacks an ash tree, the trees become worthless other than being used for firewood.

“The way to think about it as your either going to pay a lot of money up front to have the tree removed or you’re going to pay that in installments over successive years to have the tree treated,” University of Kentucky Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson said.

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