31 Aug '13, 1pm

Beetle Responsible for Millions of Tree Deaths Spotted in Georgia

Beetle Responsible for Millions of Tree Deaths Spotted in Georgia

There’s bad news for arbor-enthusiasts in Georgia: the emerald ash borer has been spotted . Trust me. That’s pretty scary if you know what it means. The emerald ash borer is a tiny little beetle that, although native to Asia, has a gigantic effect on North American ash trees. It’s killed millions of trees across Canada and Midwestern United States since it was first detected in 2002, and it really hasn’t looked back. Researchers have been on the lookout for this invasive species. In July they found some specimens in traps in DeKalb and Fulton counties, and later found confirmation that the beetles had, indeed, invaded. This isn’t really the kind of beetle mania my parents told me about. The emerald ash borer, or EAB, is devastating to North America’s indigenous ash species. A tree, when you think about it, is mostly dead. In between the bark and wood inside is a thin layer...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/beetle-responsible-for-millio...

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