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Invasive Tree-Destroying Beetle Makes Its Way to Texas

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The emerald ash borer beetle, a species of insect that devours ash trees, has finally made its way to Texas.

State and federal officials confirmed the presence of the invasive species in Texas on Monday.

According to Chron.com, officials from the U.S. Forest Service and Texas A&M Forest Service captured the suspected beetles earlier this month in Harrison County, which lies along the state’s eastern border. Following a series of genetic tests, officials confirmed the captured beetles were indeed emerald ash beetles.

So what does this mean for Texas ash trees? There are 17 species of the tree that are affected by the emerald ash borer, and the Lone Star State has seven of them. Officials will begin removing poor quality ash trees throughout the state that are susceptible to the insect.

The emerald ash borer is originally from Asia. It’s currently found in 26 U.S. states, and we just happen to be the latest state to join the beetle’s insatiable ash smorgasbord.

If you have ash trees on your property that you’re worried about, give the folks at Texas A&M Forest Service a call. They will provide you with additional info about what to do.