Small insect “strangling” trees in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A little insect, called the Emerald Ash Borer, is slowing killing the nearly 500,000 ash trees in Lexington and many more millions in Central Kentucky.

City officials say Chevy Chase is one of the areas most populated with trees in Lexington, but they are seeing the population decline and the insect kills more and more trees.

“The larval stage of the insect lives below the bark and it tunnels there,” says Lee Townsend, a professor at University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture. “As it tunnels, it disrupts sap flow and nutrient flow, essentiality strangling the tree.”

More information on Emerald Ash Borer is on the City of Lexington’s website and on University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture website.

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