Invasive Tree-Killing Foreign Bug Found in Greene County

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The City of Springfield is taking action to stop an invasive tree-killing bug from Asia.

This is the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle whose larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees.

The pest has been confirmed in Greene County.

There are currently 380 city managed ash trees in Springfield.

The city has set up an interactive tool on its website so you can see if any trees in its management plan are near your home.

“Where you can enter your address and see if there is a dot around your property, that indicates there’s an ash tree near you,” Casey Kellner, an urban forester with the City of Springfield said. “And that would be a city managed tree. And when you click on it, it’ll tell you if we’re going to remove it or preventatively treat it.”

The City of Springfield has $75,000 set aside in its 2019 fiscal budget for emerald ash borer management.

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