Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Jones County

The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Jones County for the first time.

Insect samples were taken from Anamosa, with officials confirming the samples positive.

Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native beetle that attacks and kills ash tree species. The bugs are native to Asia and were first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002 and in Iowa in 2010.

Infected trees usually lose leaves at the top of the canopy and the die-off spreads downward. The trees usually die within four years.

The Emerald Ash Borer has now been detected in a total of 69 counties in Iowa, including all of the local counties in the KMCH listening area. Delaware and Buchanan counties were just added to the list last year.