Emerald Ash Borer Claims 500 Trees on Northeast Side
Indianapolis city crews are removing nearly 500 trees on the northeast side this week following an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
The highly destructive insect has been destroying millions of ash trees since its discovery in the U.S. in 2002. It has been detected now in 59 Indiana counties, most recently in Vigo County. Some forestry experts say this year could be devastating for native ash trees.
Cliff Sadof, Professor at Purdue University, says an infected tree can die within two to five years of when symptoms begin. Sadof says infected trees could pose a danger. He says "It's completely irresponsible to have to let your tree sit there and wait until it falls down because when it falls down it comes crashing down. these trees dry out and when they hit the ground, they explode."
Residents can find out how to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer at the website EABINDIANA.INFO or from the Neighbors Against Bad Bugs organization.