Authorities in the United States warn people to beware of New York’s Emerald Ash Borer invader. The bug is a species of beetle that mainly consumes ash trees. Although their population was small in 2002, when they were first noticed, the emerald ash beetle is now threatening the flora of 25 states.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a species of tree invaders that usually consumes ash trees. They are half inch long and they have a green shade; hence their name. The beetle acts by lying eggs on the bark of the ash trees. The latter infiltrate in the bark and kill the plant by cutting its water and nutrient supply. Ash trees develop yellow leaves and they die within a 3 to 5-year time interval, experts have explained.
For that matter, authorities warn inhabitants in the 25 affected states to intervene as soon as possible and to notify their local institutions when they spot the green beetle. Ashe trees develop D-shaped marks on their barks, which can be taken into account in order to identify the intruders, experts have added.
The Emerald Ash Borer was first spotted in 2002, but their population continued to expand since then and now 25 states are affected by these bugs. There are now many efforts being carried through in order to prevent these insects from further attacking trees and plants in the United States.
Connecticut, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Illinois, Albany and New York are just some of the states that are currently fighting to put an end to the green beetles invasion. The Southern states are the most affected with many trees in public gardens and parks turning yellow as a result of the infestation.
According to specialists, the Emerald Ash Borer invader first originated from China, but it has later on travelled to other areas of the world. Their expansion can be prevent or at least slowed down if infested trees are discovered in due time.
Norther American authorities ask people to inform their local Departments of Public Works if they see the green bug in their personal gardens or in public parks.
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