AUBURN — Though smaller than a penny, the emerald ash borer is causing large-scale problems across the state and Cayuga County.
Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County Doug Ververs said the little bug — which devastates ash trees by laying its eggs inside tree crevices, allowing larvae to feed on the tree tissue — has spread to seven locations in the county
"What's new this year as opposed to when we first started, we had a quarantine area that was basically along Route 90," Ververs said. "Now, we have more detail. Here in Cayuga County, the first confirmed site was Montezuma at Hejamada Campground. It was brought in by untreated firewood, and it was actually stacked at the base of a tree that said, 'Do not burn untreated firewood,' on a sign on the tree."
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, forester Jeff Wiegert, of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, removes emerald ash borer larvae from an ash tree at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties, N.Y. There are reports of a potential emerald ash borer beetle infestation in the Concord, N.H.-area. If the reports are confirmed, state officials will need to set up a quarantine to ensure infested ash trees, branches, logs, and firewood are contained. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)