A potentially big EAB infestation is averted in Kenosha County.
A scientist confirms the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in southeastern Wisconsin. This new finding seems to be different from earlier infestations in Ozaukee and Washington counties.
An ash tree imported from Illinois and planted in rural Kenosha County appears to be the culprit. "We feel pretty good about the fact that this isn't a big widespread several year old infestation but it's concerning nevertheless. There was a regulated article that was moved out of a quarantined area. Had it not been discovered this could have been a big problem for us."
Mick Skwarok with the state Ag Department says the matter has been referred to the USDA for investigation. He says despite all the outreach efforts about the pesky bugs, folks still aren't hearing the message — or simply aren't heeding the warnings.
"We've been saying for a long time that emerald ash borer is an expert hitch-hiker. It gets around really easily in a lot of articles."
Skwarok gives credit to the homeowner for contacting the EAB hotline with concerns of suspicious looking holes on the trees. He says every tip helps to keep this invasive pest from spreading. If you have concerns, call the hotline at 1-800-462-2803 or visit www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov . The new discovery marks the third confirmed detection of EAB in Wisconsin.