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Emerald ash borer detected in Beloit

By Associated Press

The emerald ash borer is a highly destructive insect that kills ash trees, are metallic green and about a half-inch long. A Beloit forestry crew identified an infested tree during a recent tree removal project. (AP file photo by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Beloit — Wisconsin agriculture officials confirm emerald ash borers have reached Beloit.

Beloit Forestry Operations Supervisor Mike Ferger said the city’s forestry crew identified the infested tree during a scheduled tree removal.

Rock County already is under a quarantine for emerald ash borer. Wisconsin’s quarantine guidelines include all hardwood firewood and ash products such as timber, pallets, mulch and trimmings. Businesses can apply for exemptions.

Emerald ash borer was found for the first time in Wisconsin in 2008 near Newburg, northeast of West Bend.

Since then, the invasive pest has been confirmed in Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

The emerald ash borer has destroyed millions of ash trees since being detected in North America.

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