Officials: Emerald ash borer spreads to 78 Missouri counties

The beetle was first detected in Missouri more than 10 years ago.

COLUBMIA, Mo. – State conservation officials say an invasive beetle that’s deadly to ash trees has now spread to 78 counties in Missouri. Station KSDK says the Missouri Department of Conservation reported the spread of the emerald ash borer, which is up from the 53 Missouri counties reported last August. The pest has most recently been found in Chariton, Lafayette and Moniteau counties. The larvae of the metallic green beetle burrow under the bark of ash trees. The trees typically die within a few years.The beetle is native to Asia and was first detected in Missouri more than 10 years ago.

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