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May 22, 2013

Tree-killing insect found near Unadilla


“If industry does want to take the trees down that are infested, it can only happen during the non-flight season (flight season is May 1 through September 30),” said Joe Morrissey, a spokesman for the Agriculture and Markets Department.

The emerald ash borer is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash species, including green, white, black, and blue ash. The larvae burrow into an ash tree and feed in tunnels just below its bark. This kills it by disrupting water and nutrient flow within the tree.

Adult beetles leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark. Other signs of infestation include tree canopy die-back, yellowing and extensive sprouting from the roots and trunk. Woodpeckers eat the larvae, so an infested tree may also exhibit damage from their pecking.

DEC urges residents to watch for signs of infestation in ash trees. To report suspected infestations, DEC’s emerald ash borer hotline at (866) 640-0652 or submit an report on DEC’s website. To learn more about the emerald ash borer and the firewood regulations, visit the agency’s website at

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