by–Dr. Raymond Cloyd
If you have not heard, on September 30, 2015 an Emerald ash borer (Agrilius planipennis) larva was found in a girdled trap tree in Eudora, KS (Douglas County) by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. This means that Kansas has four counties in which Emerald ash borer has been detected, and subsequently quarantined, including Wyandotte, Johnson, Leavenworth, and Douglas. First detected in 2002 in Michigan, the Emerald ash borer has been found in 23 states throughout the USA (Figure 1), and is responsible for causing the death of over 30 million ash trees. For more information regarding Emerald ash borer, contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture or the Department of Entomology at Kanas State University (Manhattan, KS).
Figure 1: Distribution May of Emerald Ash Borer August 3, 2015