Destructive ash borer beetle advancing in St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A green beetle blamed for destroying tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states is advancing in the St. Louis area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the emerald ash borer found last year in trees at a St. Charles County industrial park now has turned up in the city of St. Louis.

The executive director of the regional Great Rivers Greenway trails district, Susan Trautman, says there was no way to prevent the nuisance’s local spread.

The beetle slowly has marched south from Michigan and Canada, where it was discovered in 2002. Its larvae burrow into bark.

The spread of the beetle has prompted some drastic measures. The National Park Service has cut down all 800 ash trees on the Gateway Arch’s grounds in recent months.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch