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Emerald ash borer discovered
Ag officials confirm that destructive beetle larvae is found in Clayton County.
BY CRAIG D. REBER TH STAFF WRITER AND M.D. KITTLE TH ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that is native to Asia.
A destructive force could be heading for one of northeast Iowa's most treasured shade trees.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials confirm larvae of the dreaded emerald ash borer has been found in a tree in Clayton County, about five miles south of Elkader.
State and federal officials in the coming days will set traps in the area to determine the extent of the infiltration, but the discovery is cause for some alarm -- given the insect's destructive reputation.
'Clayton County is one of the largest timber counties in the state,' said Dustin Vande Hoef, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 'There aren't a lot of good, effective treatments proven yet so it's not something we're going to easily contain.'