Emerald ash borer spotted in Urbana

Emerald ash borer spotted in Urbana

The dreaded emerald ash borer has made its way to Urbana, but the city said it doesn't plan to go after it aggressively.

City arborist Mike Brunk said the tree-killing beetle has been found on around a dozen trees on a mix of city and private property.  He said that while the bug is a nuisance, the city hasn't planted ash trees since 1998, and the ash tree population has been going down since 2004.  So, he said the city plans to skip treatment of EAB-infected trees and just get rid of them as scheduled.

If you're treating ash trees on private property, Brunk's asking you to call his office so he has a record of it.  If you're pruning or removing your tree, you're asked to wait until September to do it.   That's what the EAB beetle is dormant.  Any wood from a downed ash tree should be put in a wood chipper immediately.

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bkp wrote on June 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Mr. Brunk's contact information would have been handy.

Tim Ditman wrote on June 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Good call bkp.  Thanks for writing.  Mike's publicly listed city phone number is 384-2393.