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Pest is here: Emerald ash borer found in Green County
Robert Voegeli surveys the hole where an ash tree on his property, located in Decatur Township on County GG across from Brodhead High School, was removed after he discovered an Emerald ash borer had infected it. Voegeli said he decided to call the Department of Natural Resources after noticing heavy woodpecker activity and a decline in the tree's health. DNR Forest Health Specialist Mark Guthmiller visited Voegeli's property and discovered the borer last week. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MADISON - Emerald ash borer has been confirmed for the first time in Green County, at a town of Decatur residence, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Monday. A private homeowner in the town, Robert Voegeli, notified the Department of Natural Resources after seeing woodpecker damage and the telltale S-shaped tunneling EAB larvae create under tree bark. Woodpeckers tear bark from infected trees as they feed on the larvae.