Emerald ash borer found in Champaign and Grundy counties - Canton, IL - Canton Daily Ledger
A destructive pest that feasts on ash trees has been confirmed in Champaign and Grundy counties. The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Champaign County at Prairie Pine Campgrounds in Rantoul and in Grundy County at the Three Rivers Rest Area on I-80 in Morris, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced Friday.
USDA staff discovered the Rantoul infestation on a purple sticky trap used to locate the presence of adult EAB, while IDOA staff collected a specimen from a trap placed in the Grundy County rest area. Both specimens were submitted to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which confirmed them as EAB.
“Grundy County is already under our EAB quarantine, which includes all or parts of 23 counties in the northern and central parts of Illinois,” Warren Goetsch, IDOA bureau chief of Environmental Programs, said. “However, Champaign County is not. Therefore, the quarantine boundaries will need to be adjusted.