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Ash Trees

News posted May 11, 2017 - 9:57 am

The emerald ash borer (EAB or Agrilus planipennis) has been positively identified in the City of Raleigh. The EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks all species of ash trees. This metallic-green beetle lays eggs under the bark of host ash trees. The eggs hatch and the larva feeds on the tissues beneath the bark which disrupts the movement of water and nutrients in the tree.

EAB is responsible for the death of ash trees across the country. The insect has spread from the Midwest and was first detected in North Carolina in 2013. Ash trees make up a low percentage of the overall percentage of street and forest trees in Raleigh.

The City of Raleigh is continuing to identify and monitor ash trees on City property and rights of way and develop an action plan in coordination with the North Carolina Forest Service to address affected trees.

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