A small bug is causing big problems for many of our ash trees. The Department of Public Works held an open house to inform residents of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle.
“Its’ a very tiny bug but it burrows into the trees and kills off their vein system that takes nutrients up and down in the trees and so it kills the tree,” said Christine Schwartzhoff, Operations Team Leader for Naperville Public Works. “If it’s not treated [and] if you don’t get rid of it, it will kill all the ash trees.”
Trees where the beetles have made their home are marked by a snake-shaped engraving.
The pests first made their way into local ash trees in 2008 and since then the problem has spread.
This year public works employees have started treating more than 16,000 parkway trees with a chemical injection that kills the beetle but is safe for plants.
Officials say the trees need to be saved because they help absorb storm water and provide shade for homes.
If you suspect the emerald ash borer is paying a visit to trees in your yard, experts recommend calling a certified arborist for an assessment.
For more information, visit the city’s website, www.naperville.il.us.
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