“If people think a private tree has the emerald ash borer, the best thing is to call the city,” Feeley said. “They will take the first look.”
Infestation is identified when the pest leaves a distinct pattern when its larvae bore into the wood. Once an inspector at the local level confirms it, that inspector will contact the state.
Additional announcements of infestations in Iowa in the coming months would not be a surprise. Traps set this year will be coming in soon for testing, and the Iowa DNR's evaluations will follow later this fall and early winter. The reality, all the experts say, is that humans play catch-up to the beetles.
“We rarely find an emerald ash borer infestation that's new,” Pruisner said. “It's already been there for a few years.”