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Destructive insect found in Kearney tree

LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in a severely declining street tree located near Pioneer Park in Kearney, NE.

This detection adds Buffalo County to the growing list of Nebraska counties with known EAB infestations.

Projections show that Nebraska’s taxpayers and homeowners will ultimately spend over $961 million on ash tree removal, disposal and
replacement due to this pest.

Residents of Kearney and surrounding communities with ash trees on their property should begin making plans to either treat or remove the trees. Officials say the optimal time for treatment is spring, although professional trunk injections may provide some control even if
done in summer.

If left untreated, these trees will eventually die and need to be removed.

“Trees that have died from EAB are extremely brittle and pose a hazard—dropping limbs on people, buildings and cars,” said Community Forestry Specialist Graham Herbst.

Experts say that as trees are removed, they should be replaced with a diverse selection of trees, not just a few species.

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