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Tree companies busy as emerald ash borer continues to spread

In this article from KTTC, Dan Mueller of Maier Tree & Lawn, a Davey company, talks about the recent infestation of emerald ash borer in the Rochester area. 

Published: Sept. 4, 2014

By Jonathan Keggs 

After emerald ash borers have been found in two locations near Rochester, tree companies have been busy checking ash trees. While it's unclear just how fast the infestation is spreading, being proactive with your ash trees is the best way to fight it at this time.

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Last month an EAB infestation was found near the Interstate 90 and Highway 63 interchange. Not long after that, another infestation was found just outside of the Rochester city limits. Residents have been taking note and are getting their ash trees checked out.

"On trees that are heavily infested you'll see bark flaked off," said Dan Mueller of Maier Tree & Lawn.

As the invasive species, emerald ash borer, continues to spread in southern Minnesota it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to checking ash trees in your yard.

"It's not a huge problem yet. We're still in the early days and part of the message is don't panic. We're probably still five years or more from seeing widespread tree mortality from emerald ash borer," said Mueller.

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