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Parks and Recreation Inspect for EAB

November 29, 2017 06:07 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS)- On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Rochester Parks and Recreation inspectors began looking for an insect-killing ash tree around Minnesota.

Emerald ash borer first showed up in Olmsted County almost two years ago.

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So far they have found more than 20 severely infested trees just in Southwest Rochester alone with plans to get through the rest of the city before the New Year.

Paul Ahlen is one of the inspectors, he says although it is a threat to the city homeowners should be the most concerned.

 “Homeowners should be coming up with plans for their trees, whether ultimately they are going to prune them or remove them or begin treatment,” said Ahlen.

Tom Bohnert is a homeowner who saw inspectors in his neighborhood and led them to a tree on his property.

“They couldn’t put a tag on it, but they basically said they are 99% sure it’s infested," said Bohnert.

Since Bonhert’s tree is not on public property, it's up to him to find a solution before the tree dies, which could create more damage.

This could run between $400 and $3,000 depending on the tree's size and if it's treated or cut down.

Affected trees will have to wait until late spring to be treated.


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