Ash Borer spreads throughout Region 8

Ash Borer spreads throughout Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Thursday is going to be the coldest night for residents across Region 8.

But, before you plan to use your fireplace, there's something you should know.

There's a small bug called Emerald Ash Borer, which is an exotic beetle that can get into firewood and nibble on ash foliage.

This bug is also spreading across Arkansas.

According to Thomas Lindsey, a county ranger supervisor, when the bug came into Arkansas, it came in through firewood that was being transported to hunting areas.

"Arkansas has a lot of ash trees, and some of the other species that are family to the ash that the emerald is attacking," He said. "It doesn't matter if it reads healthy or not, it's going to attack it. So, we just have to figure out some way of controlling it."

Lindsey also said that any tree that has the emerald Ash Borers should be cut down and have the stump burned to prevent from spreading.

"Missouri has worked and joined with us to quarantine the area, and stop people from transporting firewood," he said. "Right now we're looking at the possible means of it getting ported; but we aren't a hundred percent if that's the only way right now."

Lindsey also said it's nothing wrong with cutting firewood as long as it's not being transported from one county to another.

"Keep it within the area that it came from," he said. "It will help prevent any insects or disease that will spread throughout the state."

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