A few weeks ago I mentioned what people can do to keep some invasive species out of Missouri. Well, the bad news just arrived that one invader, the emerald ash borer, was just found in Southeast Missouri at a campground near Lake Wappapello. Though it’s not certain yet, it is very possible that someone bringing firewood from out of state brought the insect here. But experts are inspecting the area to see how far the insect has spread from the original trap in which they were first found before they determine the next steps to keep it contained.
Once they do spread, emerald ash borers will kill the ash trees they contact. There is no known cure for the damage they inflict. Help stop them from destroying these excellent trees: tell your friends to avoid bringing in firewood from out of state because that’s the most likely way these insects will get here. We are the most southern and western state to have them. There’s still a chance to keep them from spreading, but it just got more difficult.