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Emerald ash borer bugs discovered in Evans

EVANS — Emerald ash borer infestations have been detected in trees in the town of Evans, both near the thruway and in the village of Angola.

Experts from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Department of Agricultural Animal Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that Emerald ash borer larvae were removed from ash trees at both sites, this past February.

The trees were initially detected by a member of the Western New York Emerald ash borer Taskforce, who observed bark stripped from ash trees by woodpeckers, a sign of infestation on ash trees.

“On behalf of the Western New York Emerald ash borer Taskforce, I wanted to share information on two detections of new areas in WNY with Emerald ash borer infestations,” Sharon Bachman of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Invasive Species Outreach Program, said in an email to the town.

“I wanted to let you know that Emerald ash borer has been detected in the town of Evans near the thruway rest stop and I understand from DEC contact that trees in the village of Angola are also [showing] signs of infestation.”

Emerald ash borer is a small invasive green beetle that infests and kills all species of American ash trees. It has been in the United States since the mid-1990s, and was likely introduced through wood packing material brought into Michigan [where EAB was first identified in 2002].

Ash trees comprise roughly 15 percent of all trees in Erie County, according to the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Erie County, who also note that researchers anticipate that wood-boring insects such as EAB will cause the largest economic impacts, by annually inducing nearly $1.7 billion in local government expenditures and approximately $830 million in lost residential property values.

“Communities need to consider their management options to retain tree canopy, contain costs, minimize risks and exposure to liability,” a press release from the Cornell Cooperative stated.

“Resources are available through local EAB taskforces to assist landowners in determining if ash trees are infested with EAB and plan for treatment or removal. Pesticide treatments or tree removals should be conducted by licensed and/or certified professionals,” according to a statement made by that organization, regarding the insects.


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