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Published May 14, 2010, 01:19 PM

Emerald ash borer found in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — The emerald ash borer is in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the invasive insect, which kills ash trees, has been found along the Mississippi River in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County, just south of the Minnesota border.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The emerald ash borer is in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the invasive insect, which kills ash trees, has been found along the Mississippi River in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County, just south of the Minnesota border.

It’s the first confirmed infestation in Iowa.

The land is owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps and Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Officials on Friday said four larvae were found in an ash tree during a survey.

The survey was done after the insect was found just across the border in Minnesota. An infestation was found last year in neighboring Wisconsin.

The emerald ash borer is native to Asia and was first identified in the U.S. in 2002, when it was spotted in Michigan.

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