The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest insect that feeds on and destroys the leaves of ash trees. The green insects have been moving to New York counties threatening the crops and the greenery. The emerald ash borer has been identified in the New York counties of Broome and Westchester by the Department of Environmental Conservation of New York.
Joe Martins, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the discovery of the emerald ash borer in the traps made by the team of researchers. The discovery was made earlier this week and Martins said:
“DEC deployed the trap that detected the EAB beetle as part of DEC’s continuing Slow Ash Mortality (SLAM) strategy, to slow the spread of EAB within the state and mitigate its economic and environmental impacts.”
The emerald ash borer is an invasive species of insect which has no natural predators in the U.S. This can only mean that the ash borer can reproduce freely and in a big number, whenever and wherever. This is very bad news for the states the insect might invade. The larva of the emerald ash bore feed below the bark of an ash tree, messing with the tree’s nutrient and water intake. This interfering causes the tree to wither and die.
The emerald ash borer was first discovered in 2009 in Cattaraugus County, New York, and since then the green pest has moved on to invade more than 24 different American counties. Luckily for now, most of the infested areas are very small and localized, with 98% of the New York’s forests still untouched by the green pest.
There are more than 900 million ash trees in New York alone, which means 7% of the trees in all the New York state. According to the United States Department of Agriculture every ash tree in New York is at risk because of the emerald ash borer invasion. The Department of Agriculture also stated that the urban and suburban trees are more at risk then the forest trees. Also, the trees planted in yards are facing the dangers of being attacked by pests.