Emerald Ash Borer poses threat of spreading throughout Wapello County

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer was recently detected in Wapello County.

The Iowa DNR confirmed at the end of February the invasive beetle had been positively identified in Eddyville. Parks Director Gene Rathje says he's been on the lookout for EAB in Ottumwa.

â??Were on the alert and every time we go out to the parks to look at our ash trees,â?? Rathje said. â??We see if we can find any threats of the EAB some of the signs are bark pealing woodpeckers taking away bark or d-shaped exit holes about the size of a pencil eraser, and so far we haven't found anything, so as of right now the EAB is not in Ottumwa that we can see.â??

Rathje says only 7-percent of Ottumwaâ??s trees are ash trees.