(Atlantic) The Emerald Ash Borer has spread into a third county in Iowa. Jefferson County is the latest to be affected by the invasive species.
Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olsen says it's not a major concern for residents in the western half of the state, but still something people need to keep in mind.
"Probably the only action that local people need to take , they do not recommend planting ash trees in Iowa anymore, just because noon knows how long it will take for the ash borere to move accross the state."
Olsen says this also serves as an important reminder to be careful when trasnporting wood.
"The emerald ash borer adult itself can only travel about 2-5 miles per year by flying, so most of the way it is spread accross the united states is by transfer of fire wood or other wood products."
August 1, 2013