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Emerald Ash Borer

There he is – chewing away. The adults only eat the leaves.

Meet the Emerald Ash Borer – This little stinker destroys ash trees and is coming to a tree near you. They have been found in Concord, New Hampshire this past March. They were first discovered in Chicago in 2002 and have been on the move ever since.

Emerald Ash Borer At Work

The adult EAB is rather small. Larvae are twice the size of adults.

The Emerald Ash Borer or EAB (Agrilus planipennis) attacks and kills North American species of true ash. Tree death occurs three to five years following initial infestation. The detection in Concord is the first for New Hampshire and is the easternmost detection in North America. Ash makes up about six percent of New Hampshire’s northern hardwood forests, and it’s a commonly used landscape tree.

For more information about emerald ash borer, please contact the UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry Information Center hotline at 1-800-444-8978. You can also visit the NHBugs Website to learn the signs and symptoms associated with the ash borer or to report a suspect ash tree.

It is the larvae that kills the tree.

It is the larvae that kills the tree.

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