Second Rock County community finds signs of ash borer
CLINTON Clinton officials who suspected an ash tree of being infested with the emerald ash borer got confirmation their suspicions were right.
Jeff Roe, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources urban forestry regional coordinator, responded to a request from Clinton officials Wednesday to inspect a tree they suspected was infested with the emerald ash borer.
Roe discovered serpentine galleries in the tree and uncovered at least one viable EAB larva. He also noted the presence of multiple EAB exit holes on a 27" segment of the ash. The tree had been taken down at the time as part of Clinton's EAB mitigation plan.
An entomologist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed the larva to be emerald ash borer.
This is the second municipality to be confirmed with EAB in Rock County sine the discovery of EAB in Janesville this summer. A quarantine already exists in Rock County and in 14 other Wisconsin counties.
To learn more about EAB and infestation in Wisconsin, see the Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program website at http://www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.