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Tree killing beetle moves south in Illinois

Emerald Ash Borer Emerald Ash Borer
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

A tree killing beetle is moving further south in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture said the emerald ash borer was discovered just north of Salem in Marion County and at the Green Creek Rest Area on Interstate 57 in Effingham County.

According to the department, the beetle has been spotted in 20 counties in the state.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle that is native to Asia, according to the department. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.

Experts say the beetles travel easily and ask that people do not bring firewood or untreated wood products from other areas.

The department is asking local and regional tree companies, villages, and cities to consider the group's appliance agreement program to familiarize themselves with the rules about processing and transporting ash materials.

For more information about the emerald ash borer, visit the group's website.

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