Emerald Ash Borer
This Web site is part of a state and local education effort about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus Planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. Since its discovery, EAB has:
- Killed more than 20 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Most of the devastation is in southeastern Michigan.
- Caused regulatory agencies to enforce quarantines (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan) and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
- Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars.
What's Being Done
A concerted effort to stop EAB has been launched by state and federal officials.
- Research is being conducted at universities, as well, to understand the beetle's life cycle and find ways to detect new infestations, control EAB adults and larvae, and contain the infestation.
- Eradication efforts by state and federal agencies in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada are under way to prevent small infestations from growing into large infestations.
- Quarantines are in place to prevent infested ash firewood, logs or nursery trees from being transported and starting new infestations.
The City of Springboro is taking proactive steps to assist in the control of the effects of the EAB. In October 2006, the City Tree Authority and City Council adopted an EAB management plan, which can be viewed below. In addition, this website will be updated with the latest news and information regarding the EAB. Please click on the various links on this webpage for the most recent available information.