The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Health Program has confirmed that the highly destructive invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borers, were discovered in Wilbraham in eastern Hampden County the last week of April. The Wilbraham discovery is the first confirmed finding in Hampden County.
EABs are small, metallic green beetles, native to Asia, which feed on ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) and white fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus). EABs kill trees quickly, within just 3 to 5 years, because they bore directly under the bark and disrupt the flow of nutrients in the tree. EABs have spread throughout 25 states since 2002, killing millions of ash trees and causing billions of dollars in treatment, removal and replacement costs. (more…)