Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont
Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in northern Orange County. This is the first emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation discovered in Vermont. Forestry crews have been dispatched to the area to determine the extent of the infestation. Here is a map of EAB infestations in New England.
Emerald ash borer was first discovered in the Detroit, Michigan area in 2002, though it is believed to have arrived in the 1990’s. EAB is now known to be established in 32 states and three Canadian provinces. The beetle is about one half an inch and metallic green. Its larvae tunnel through the wood just under the bark of ash trees; killing the tree by cutting off the flow of nutrients. Healthy ash trees can die within 1-4 years of showing their first sign or symptom. All species of ash trees are susceptible.