JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The ash trees that line The Strip Shopping Center in Jackson Township are showing signs of an infestation. Many of the trees are filled with empty branches and some are completely bare.
Jeff Wernet, Assistant District Manager with Davey Tree, said once a tree gets infested with emerald ash borer there is nothing that can be done to save it.
"I actually found it in Stark County for the first time last fall, over on the west side of Massillon, but just this spring it is really starting to show up in a lot of different places. It is pretty wide spread throughout the county,” Wernet said.
According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Asian insect was first identified in Ohio in 2003 in the Toledo area, but has now spread to most of the state.
Wernet said it is actually the insects’ larva that kills the tree.
"The adults lay their eggs on the bark of the tree in the cracks and crevasses, and when those eggs hatch into little larva worms, it is those larva that bore into the tree and cause the damage that eventually kills the tree."
The state had a quarantine on transporting fire wood, but since the emerald ash borer has spread, the quarantine has been lifted. They ask that Ohioans still use caution when moving fire wood.
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