DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the emerald ash borer has been found in a tree in the southeast Iowa city of Fairfield, making it the third spot where the destructive beetle has been found in the state.
The Agriculture Department announced Thursday the bug was found in a residential tree in the Jefferson County city. Last month, officials declared nearby Des Moines County infested after an emerald ash borer was found in Burlington. Allamakee County, in northeast Iowa, was declared infested in 2010.
The metallic green beetle kills any ash tree in infests, though that can take years.
State Entomologist Robin Pruisner says state and federal officials will issue a multicounty quarantine in southeast Iowa soon that will limit the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs and wood chips.