Attack of the Emerald Ash Borer - it is likely already here
The Emerald Ash Borer is an insect that attacks and kills ash trees (and only ash trees).
Like many cities, green ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) make up too much of Fridley's urban forest. Approximately 30% of the trees on city streets and in parks are green ash. This statistic is particularly troubling because of the emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive insect that has been decimating Minnesota ash trees since it was first found in St. Paul in 2009. Since then, EAB has continued to spread throughout the state and has been found as close as Coon Rapids and Blaine. Due to its flight ability, the emerald ash borer is likely already in Fridley.
Adult EAB are small, iridescent green beetles that live outside of trees during the summer months. The larvae are grubs (or worm-like) and live underneath the bark of ash trees. Trees are killed by the tunneling of the larvae under the tree's bark which interrupts the flow of water up the tree and food make from leaves down the tree.
If you think a tree on your property is infected...