The Emerald Ash Borer is a vicious tree parasite that has been going rampant all throughout the country, spreading from county to county, and from one state to another at an alarming rate, taking a great many ash trees along with it.
The main features that have permitted this small insect to spread across so many states is its small size, its beautiful emerald green exterior and the fact that nobody knows it to be such a masterful foe.
The emerald ash borer came to America by boat back in 2002, along with a wood transfer from Asia, where it originates from and it was these three qualities that have enabled it to roam freely across the U.S..
Putting an end to the ash borer’s American adventures has been quite the fight against the clock ever since, and in spite of the greatest efforts of the authorities, the small critter is still gaining impressive ground.
The U.S. authorities have created a quarantine area for the counties and states that the ash borer has made its way to that prohibits wood transports from these areas to others that have not been contaminated up to this moment. It is only the transports among the quarantined areas that remains permitted.
This measure has been the only thing that has managed to keep the emerald ash borer from spreading all across the country. However, it has only managed to slow it down, because the parasite has succeeded in hitching rides with various people who did not know the extent of the damage that the small little ash borer is capable of causing. On average, an ash tree will live up to five agonizing years after contamination takes place.
This is why raising awareness in regards to the emerald ash borer is absolutely crucial in order to put an end to its expansion one day. This is why Nebraska’s Gage County is hosting a seminar on August 31st dedicated entirely to the emerald ash borer.
The seminar will be held in Beatrice at the Gage County Extension Office and it will provide information for the general public regarding the identification procedure of the small pest, in adult and larval stages, the main signs that can be observed in the development of the ash trees and also what the main protective measures are and how they can be applied correctly, so as to prevent the pest from spreading through the state of Nebraska. The seminar will be completely free of charge, but the participants need to register in order to participate.
At the moment, Nebraska has been declared emerald ash borer free by the authorities and the fact that they are organizing a seminar so as to make sure that the people are ready to face this vicious tree parasite is a laudable measure.
Other states need to follow the great example set by Nebraska and organize public seminars of their own, so that the people understand the specifics regarding the transmission of the ash borer and what they can do so that they can prevent this from happening.
Hopefully, we will be seeing more and more of these seminars in the near future, so that America knows how to keep its trees safe from the emerald ash borer.
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