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Tree-killing emerald ash borer spreading fast, poses threat to eastern Mass.

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DALTON, Mass. — State environmental officials say the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer is spreading faster than anticipated within Berkshire County and now poses a greater threat to eastern Massachusetts.

Nearly 18 months after the Department of Conservation and Recreation first detected it in Dalton, the metallic green beetle has been discovered in several neighboring communities.

Ken Gooch, the state’s Forest Health program supervisor, tells The Berkshire Eagle it’s spreading faster than expected.

The insect has also been detected in North Andover.

The state quarantined Berkshire wood in a bid to limit the spread of the bugs.

Emerald ash borer larvae feed just below the bark and adults eat the leaves, killing a tree within five years.

Originally from Asia, the insects have been detected in 22 states.


Destructive beetle found in 22 other states

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. —The invasive emerald ash borer beetle that’s killed millions of ash trees nationwide has been detected in eastern Massachusetts for the first time.

State environmental officials announced Monday that evidence of the shiny green insect native to Asia was detected in North Andover last month and confirmed by federal officials.

The tiny bugs have been detected in 22 states and were first found in Massachusetts earlier this year in Berkshire County.

Emerald ash borer larvae feed just below the bark and adults eat the leaves. Once the beetles hit a tree, it’s as good as dead within five years.

State officials say the goal now is to determine the extent of the North Andover infestation and contain it. That includes restricting the movement of hardwood products out of the area.